Minneapolis theater CANCELS sold-out Dave Chappelle show last minute after Antifa threat


A Minneapolis theater canceled Dave Chappelle’s sold-out show at the 11th hour on Wednesday to appease a group of woke protesters who threatened violence if the star was allowed to perform. 

First Avenue, a storied Minneapolis venue, canceled the show just hours before the famous comedian, 48, was supposed to hit the stage, bowing to the demands of MnUprising, a woke activism group which labeled Chappelle a transphobe. 

The group complained that Chappelle ‘harmed’ them with his ‘transphobic views’. 

They launched a Change.org petition and attracted 125 signatures – a 12th of the crowd expected at the show on Wednesday night. 

It was enough to persuade First Avenue to ditch the event, despite having sold 1,500 tickets at $129.50-a-pop, a total of nearly $200,000 which they would have taken a handsome slice of. 

The popular venue (pictured) canceled the show just hours before Chappelle was supposed to hit the stage in front of a sold-out crowd 

Comedian Dave Chappelle, 48, had his sold-out show moved hours before the show after a far-left group called for it. The funnyman has been receiving criticism over his transphobic jokes since his recent Netflix special aired

Comedian Dave Chappelle, 48, had his sold-out show moved hours before the show after a far-left group called for it. The funnyman has been receiving criticism over his transphobic jokes since his recent Netflix special aired 

Tickets for Chappelle's show on Wednesday night. The venue sold 1,500 for $129.50 each - nearly $200,000 in ticket sales

Tickets for Chappelle’s show on Wednesday night. The venue sold 1,500 for $129.50 each – nearly $200,000 in ticket sales 

125 people signed the Change.org petition demanding that the show be moved - a 12th of the size of the crowd expected to attend

125 people signed the Change.org petition demanding that the show be moved – a 12th of the size of the crowd expected to attend 

The group celebrated the protesters who went last night to the new venue as 'brave comrades' because they vandalized the venue with graffiti

The group celebrated the protesters who went last night to the new venue as ‘brave comrades’ because they vandalized the venue with graffiti 

Varsity will now host the star’s remaining Minneapolis shows.  

Chappelle has survived calls to be canceled since last year, when he made jokes during a Netflix stand-up show last October. 

He said he stood with J.K. Rowling and her opinion that gender is a ‘fact’, and joked that he was ‘team TERF’. 

TERF is the label given to cisgender women who are accused of not supporting trans women. 

It stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’. 

Chappelle’s comments, which came at the height of cancel culture, broke away from the Hollywood trend of appeasing the woke mob. 

First Avenue announced on Wednesday that it would no longer host the Dave Chappelle show after the Change.org petition

First Avenue announced on Wednesday that it would no longer host the Dave Chappelle show after the Change.org petition 

Varsity, another theater in Minneapolis, quickly offered to host the show instead

Varsity, another theater in Minneapolis, quickly offered to host the show instead 

Immediately, there were calls for him to be banished from the streaming site and for people to boycott his shows. 

He stood by his remarks and still does – to the fury of groups like MnUprising, which launched a Change.org petition demanding for his show to be canceled. 

After the show was moved, the group continued to complain and threatened to protest outside the new theater. 

Chappelle’s fans said the fiasco would only give him more material. 

MnUprising is now being compared to white fascists for their bullying and lobbying of the theater. 

Journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote: ‘This theater in Minneapolis booked and promoted a live show by Dave Chappelle. Activists objected, demanding they cancel it because the show “harms” them and puts them in “danger.” 

Scott Jensen, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, was among to slam the venue's decision

Scott Jensen, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, was among to slam the venue’s decision 

 

‘The theater capitulated and apologized for the “harm.” The show will now be in a different theater. 

‘In the 1980s, it was the Moral Majority and social conservatives on the right who routinely objected to shows by artists and comedians, demanding that the shows be canceled or banned on the ground that they “cause harm to the community.” 

‘Now it’s the left that does this.’ 

The group, MnUprising, describes itself as ‘amplifying voices from occupied indigenous land’. 

It was formed in August 2020. 

On its Change.Org petition against Chappelle’s shows, the group complained: ‘Dave Chappelle has a record of being dangerous to trans people, and First Avenue has a duty to protect the community. 

‘Chappelle’s actions uphold a violent heteronormative culture and directly violate First Avenue’s code of conduct. 

‘If staff and guests are held to this standard, performers should be too.’

The group, MnUprising, describes itself as 'amplifying voices from occupied indigenous land'. It was formed in August 2020

The group, MnUprising, describes itself as ‘amplifying voices from occupied indigenous land’. It was formed in August 2020

THE DAVE CHAPPELLE ‘TRANSPHOBIC’ CONTROVERSY WHICH STARTED ON NETFLIX SHOW ‘THE CLOSER’ 

Dave Chappelle became the woke mob’s target last year after appearing in a Netflix stand-up special called The Closer. 

He joked that like J.K. Rowling – who was eviscerated for sharing her view on the subject – he too was a ‘TERF’ – a trans-exclusionary radical feminist. 

Chappelle had also claimed that gender was a ‘fact’. 

He was eviscerated by activists calling for a boycott and claiming he was ‘harmful’ to them. 

However many in the trans community said they had no problem with the jokes, and that the faux-outrage was largely leveled by cisgender people. 

Among those who jumped to Chappelle’s defense was the family of the late trans comedian Daphne Dorman, who killed herself in 2019. 

‘Daphne was in awe of Dave’s graciousness. 

‘She did not find his jokes rude, crude, off-coloring, off-putting, anything. She thought his jokes were funny. Daphne understood humor and comedy—she was not offended. Why would her family be offended?’

‘Dave loved my sister and is an LGBTQ ally. ‘His entire set was begging to end this very situation,’ her family said. 

Chappelle later offered to meet with critics and Netflix staff who had complained about the show. 

‘It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak with transgender employees at Netflix and I refused. 

‘That is not true. If they had invited me I would’ve accepted, although I am confused about what we’re speaking about,’ he said. 



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