Dave Chappelle faced backlash after Duke Ellington School of the Arts announced they were naming a theater after the comedian. He was recently uninvited from a fundraiser for the school due to the controversy over perceived transphobic remarks that Chappelle made on his recent Netflix special, “The Closer.” Now, he’s using the opportunity to make his point that actions speak louder than words.

In a post on Instagram, Chappelle asked critics to consider donating to the school, whether they agree with the theater being named after him. He said that talk is cheap. He said he bets there will be more donations from people support him than otherwise.

“Talk is cheap (unless I do it)…

If you object to my receiving this honor, I urge you to donate to the school, noting your objection. If you are in favor of the theater being named ‘Chappelle,’ I urge you to donate to the school, noting your approval.


“If by April, those against the Chappelle theater exceed the donations of those who are neutral or in favor of the theater named Chappelle, I will gladly step aside. If not, I will happily attend the naming ceremony. And if you don’t care enough to donate… please, shut the f*ck up, forever.”

Chappelle talked about his fond memories of the school. He posted several photos of him during visits. He said that his experience there prepared him for the industry he entered.

In the backlash against Chappelle’s comments about the trans community, several other famous comedians and actors have come to his support. At Netflix, the turmoil caused a walkout organized by trans employees who were fed up with the company’s inaction. Chappelle has not backed down from the controversy.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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