- Dave Chappelle wants the public’s opinion on naming his high school’s former theatre after him.
- “Whichever opinion donates the highest collective dollar amount, wins,”He posted it to Instagram.
- “And if you don’t care enough to donate … please shut the fuck up, forever,”He concluded.
Dave Chappelle wants the public’s opinion to determine whether his high school will name a theatre in his honor, just days after a controversial appearance at the alma maternity.
After students threatened to walk out following his recent death, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, changed the date of the fundraising ceremony to April 2022.
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“Talk is cheap (Unless I do it). The Duke Ellington school is a glorious institution,”Chappelle posted the following Instagram post on Friday
Chappelle stated that Peggy Cooper Cafritz, the school’s founder requested that the theatre be named after him.
“In April, I will honor that request. If you are against me receiving this honor, I encourage you to make a donation to the school stating your objection.” Chappelle continued. “If you agree with the theater being named “Chappelle”, I encourage you donate to the school.
“Whichever opinion donates the highest collective dollar amount, wins,”He wrote. “If the number of people against the ‘Chappelle’ theater surpasses the donations of neutral or for the theater being named Chappelle,’ then I will gladly resign. If so, I will attend the ceremony. And if you don’t care enough to donate … please shut the fuck up, forever,” he concluded.
Chappelle supported the school throughout the years by donating $100,000 and one Emmy Award. According to Deadline. In 2017, he hosted a masterclass for students with fellow actors Bradley Cooper & Chris Tucker. Insider reported.
Chappelle made a surprise visit to his alma mater — the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC — on Tuesday to speak with students before Thanksgiving, Insider reported. Chappelle asked students to come up to the stage to vent their anger and raised their hands.
Insider reports that a student at the event noticed that Chappelle was not willing to address students’ concerns. He kept telling the audience that he didn’t care. “can’t silence” him.
In October, Netflix and Chappelle were in hot water over the release “The Closer,” which featured insensitive jokes aimed at the transgender community. Following the outcry about the special, a Walkout by Netflix employees Labor complaints. Chappelle stated that he would be open to meeting with trans people, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos continues to back Chappelle and the special.
Insider reached out to Chappelle representatives and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, but they did not immediately reply.