Dave Chappelle doesn’t hold back when students at alma mater slam him as a ‘bigot’ on a surprise visit
comedian Dave Chappelle paid a surprise visit to his alma mater Washington DCSome students reportedly expected him to apologize after reacting negatively to his popular comedy show “The Closer” on Netflix this year.
“I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a kid,” said one student, adding that Chappelle was a “fanatic.” Politico Playbook reported Thursday After speaking to the event attendees.
“My friend, with all due respect, I don’t think you can make one of the decisions I have to make on a particular day,” he replied, according to the students who narrated the event.
Chappelle has faced years of backlash and claimed he is a “transgender hater” over jokes in his stand-up work, including after “The Closer,” where he made comments like “Sex is Real,” which was launched on Netflix last month. The special has been criticized by the transgender community and some Netflix employees, but it has high ratings among general audiences.
He showed up at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in the capital on Tuesday, as 580 students crowded the hall, according to Politico Playbook. The comedian graduated from the school in 1991.
The school initially moved his appearances from November 23 to April 22 due to student threats to go out in protest before apparently returning to the original plan.
Politico reported that he responded to another hostile question from a student: “I’m better than every instrumentalist, artist, no matter what art you do in this school, now, I’m better than you all. I’m sure that will change. I’m sure you’ll become names family soon.”
“Your comedy is killing,” another student shouted at him.
He reportedly replied “N—— they kill every day” before saying, “The media isn’t here, is it?”
“As a parent, I have to say I had a real problem… He was very serious and uses the N word on the record. What kind of judgment does the school show to allow this?” One parent said about the event.
Chappelle’s spokeswoman, Carla Sims, did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on the event. She told Politico, “They complain that he spoke and said the n-word. If anything, Dave puts the school on the map.”
“He said these kids deserve an F for tolerance,” Sims added, adding that he did not expect the students to want his apology during the visit. But “give them some room to grow. They will say immature things.”
A Duke Ellington official added that the comedian encouraged students who objected to his comedy to ask him questions, and about eight students came forward.
“During the conversation with students and staff, Chappelle specifically invited voices of exasperation to ask questions, but as a result, Chappelle’s supporters became the silent majority,” Duke Ellington spokeswoman Savannah Overton said.
“Our principal contacted several students after the gathering who were disappointed that they could not express their support for Chappelle in this forum,” she added.
Despite the apparently tense moments, the students said Chappelle’s tone softened at the end of the visit and they denounced the death threats some students received for protesting against him. One student narrated it as “really nice”.
“His tone has completely changed,” one student told Politico. He said, ‘This is my family and whether they know it or not, I love these kids… I don’t want to hear about any threats to these kids.’ These kids don’t deserve it. “
“He was really nice,” the student added. “if [only] he is [had] He acts this way all the time. …there was no reason to be mean. He was just laughing at the kids.”
He also gave each student three tickets to his documentary Untitled and 600 Thanksgiving meals to students and staff.