Dave Chappelle made an appearance at D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts on Tuesday. There Were 580 students packed the auditorium. The comedian graduated from the school in 1991.
With a camera crew in tow, Chappelle took the stage to a raucous reception of cheers and some boos. Politico reports that the hour-long session went south from there. During One Q&A Session one student stepped to the mic and called Chappelle a “bigot”.
The teen was seemingly referring to the backlash Chappelle faced over The Closer, his latest Netflix special. It included remarks that were widely considered transphobic. The students did not hold back while talking back to the comedian.
The comedian responded to the student’s comments, which were confirmed by his spokesperson, with an unapologetic tone. “My friend, with all due respect, I don’t believe you could make one of the decisions I have to make on a given day,” he said. That statement peeved some students who were hoping for an apology from Chappelle.
Some of the students were supportive of Chappelle, but felt as though they weren’t given the opportunity to express their views. Several students approached the Principal later who were disappointed that they were not able to voice their support for Chappelle.
Another student reportedly told Chappelle his “comedy kills.” Chappelle allegedly fired back with, “N***as are killed every day”. One student had walked out during the event. Such an unexpected and bitter reception from students made his visit a complete mess, but he made the most of it.