Comedian Dave Chappelle paid a surprise visit to his alma mater in Washington, DC, where some students reportedly expected him to apologize after setbacks over his popular “The Closer” comedy special on Netflix this year.
“I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child,” one student said, adding that Chappelle is a “big man,” the Politico Playbook reported Thursday after talking to attendees of the event.
“My friend, with all due respect, I do not believe you can make one of the decisions I have to make on any given day,” he replied, according to students recounting the event.
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Chappelle has been subjected to many years of backlash and claims he is “transphobic” for jokes in his stand-up acts, including after “The Closer”, where he made comments such as “gender is a fact”, was released on Netflix last month. The special was panned by the trans community and some Netflix employees, but boasts high ratings among the general public.
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He performed at DC’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts on Tuesday, where 580 students filled the auditorium, according to the Politico Playbook. The comedian graduated from the school in 1991.
The school initially moved his performance from November 23 to April 22 due to threats of students going out in protest before apparently going back to the original plan.
Politico reported that he answered another antagonistic question from a student: “I’m better than any instrumentalist, artist, no matter what art you do at this school, right now, I’m better than you all. I’m sure. will change. I’m sure you will soon become famous names. “
“Your comedy is killing,” another student shouted at him.
“N —— being killed every day,” he reportedly replied before saying, “The media is not here, is it?”
“As a parent, I have to say I have a real problem. … He was dead serious and used the N word on the post. What kind of judgment does the school show to allow that?” said a parent about the event.
Chappelle spokeswoman Carla Sims did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. She told Politico: “They complain that he spoke and said the n-word. If anything, Dave puts school on the map.”
“He said these kids deserve an F for forgiveness,” Sims added, saying he did not expect students to have him apologize during the visit. But “give them some room to grow. They’re going to say things that are immature.”
A Duke Ellington official added that the comedian encouraged students who had problems with his comedy to ask him questions, and about eight students signed up.
“During the conversation with students and staff, Chappelle specifically invited the voices of dissatisfaction to ask questions, but as a result, Chappelle’s supporters became the silent majority,” Duke Ellington spokeswoman Savannah Overton said.
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“Our principal was contacted by several students after the meeting who were disappointed that they were not able to express their support for Chappelle in this forum,” she added.
Despite seemingly tense moments, students said Chappelle had a soft tone at the end of the visit and condemned death threats that some students received for protesting against him. One student described him as being “really kind”.
“His whole tone changed,” one of the students told Politico. “He said, ‘This is my family, and whether they know it or not, I love these children. … I do not want to hear of any threats against these children. These children do not deserve it.'”
“He was really kind,” the student added. “Whose [only] he [had] acted like that all the time. … There was no reason to be mean to us. He just laughed at children. “
He also gave each student three tickets to his documentary “Untitled” and 600 meals to students and staff for Thanksgiving.