Dave Chappelle’s controversy regarding the transgender jokes on his “The Closer” Netflix special has caused a lot of stir. Recently, Chapelle has been in a crossfire with his High school.

Dave’s own High School The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown said students were uncomfortable with having him on their fundraiser because of the controversy. The students even threatened the organizers with a walk-out. They initially demanded cancellation until a compromise was made with the authorities to postpone it.

However, it seems that Chappelle & Co. decided to go ahead with the event for Thanksgiving. The comedian spoke to the students and gave away Thanksgiving meals. While some students enthusiastically cheered as the comic took to the stage to speak. many reports noted that there were students who lashed out.

Chappelle was reportedly called a “bigot” and “childish” while on the campus. Another student approached the mic and bluntly told Chappelle: “Your comedy kills.” purportedly, the Comedian shot back with : “N****** are killed every day.”

Andrew Yang has come to Chappelle‘s defense by blaming the press for the poor coverage. “The press hit job on his visiting his high school is awful. Successful alum who fundraises for school returns, speaks to students and gives everyone a free meal for Thanksgiving. But of course in 2021 an obvious positive gesture is framed negatively in the media”. Yang tweeted.

Yang made another tweet urging his audience to get a better sense of Chapelle’s personality: “To get a better sense, check out the new documentary ‘Untitled’ when you can on what Dave did through Covid. Should be available via streaming soon. He helped a lot of people. That’s the kind of person he is”.

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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