Minnesota — Just hours before it was set to start, the First Avenue music venue in Minneapolis postponed comedian Dave Chappelle’s performance on Wednesday. It also expressed regret for initially booking the comic. Chappelle’s event was announced by First Avenue on Monday, but his prior comments regarding transgender individuals drew criticism on Twitter.
“We understand and apologies to the workers, the artists, and our community. We understand that we must hold ourselves to the greatest standards and that you were disappointed in us “Just after 4 o’clock, First Avenue published a tweet. We respect the right to free speech and artistic expression, but in doing so, we neglected to consider the consequences. Instead, the performance took place on Wednesday evening at the Varsity Theater close to the University of Minnesota campus.
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“Fans of Dave Chappelle, take note! First Ave’s tonight’s performance has been moved to Varsity Theater “the designated location. “Your First Avenue tickets will be honoured.” Chappelle was previously slated to appear at The Varsity Theater this week, but on Tuesday it revealed that two additional performances had been added “because to tremendous demand.” The Varsity Theater currently has five performances of Chappelle scheduled.
We hear you. Tonight’s show has been cancelled at First Avenue and is moving to the Varsity Theater. See our full statement for more. pic.twitter.com/tkf7rz0cc7
— First Avenue (@FirstAvenue) July 20, 2022