Here We Go: Dave Chapelle’s High School Alma Mater Postpones Fundraiser Featuring Comedian After Students Threatened to Walkout

FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Dave Chappelle poses in the press room with the best comedy album award for “The Age of Spin” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Netflix said Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 that it had fired an employee for disclosing confidential financial information about what it paid for Dave Chappelle’s comedy special “The Closer,” which some condemned as being transphobic. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Dave Chappelle’s alma mater is delaying a fundraiser event featuring the comedian after facing backlash from students threatening to walkout of school.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Baltimore pushed the date of a fundraiser — partly held in Chappelle’s honor — after receiving criticism from its student body over Chappelle’s comments about the LGBTQ+ community in his latest Netflix special.

Chappelle and Netflix both faced controversy in October over the release of his comedy special, “The Closer,” which featured insensitive jokes aimed at the transgender community. The outcry over the special and how the streamer’s treatment the trans community subsequently led to a walkout from Netflix employees and even legal action. Chappelle has since said he is willing to meet with the trans community, while Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos continues to back Chappelle and the special.

The fundraiser was postponed from November 23 to April 2022, and was being held to raise money for a new theater that would be named after the comedian.

Students got into a heated debate with faculty, according to Politico Playbook, after faculty asked them to create an Chappelle-related exhibition for the fundraiser. The students expressed their discomfort with the comedian, siding with their fellow LGBTQ+ classmates, and even threatened to walkout if the fundraiser continued.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Francis Agustin