Dave Chappelle Responds To Alma Mater Canceling Fundraising Event Due To Netflix Backlash

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  • Dave Chappelle’s former high school has decided to delay a fundraising event due to potential backlash.
  • Students at the school were reportedly planning on staging a walkout if the fundraiser happened.
  • This is just the latest incident in response to Chappelle’s latest Netflix special The Closer.

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C., the alma mater of legendary stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle, decided to delay a fundraiser event that Chappelle was set to host due to potential backlash from students. While the school had originally planned to cancel the event entirely, they’ve since announced it would instead be held on April 22. That’s if Chappelle even wants to show up, that is.

Chappelle has since responded to the news during a set in Indianapolis, saying that “they’re canceling stuff I didn’t even want to do.”

He made further light of the situation by saying his high school disinvited him from a planned fundraiser, lamenting that he “can’t even raise money for children.”

“They’re canceling stuff I didn’t even want to do.”

“If you think you’re mad at me — remember, I didn’t disinvite you from anything. [via IndyStar]

The fundraiser is just the latest turn in what’s been a tumultuous month for Chappelle, who angered some people with the jokes he made about the LGBTQ community in his most-recent Netflix stand-up special The Closer.

In the weeks following the release of the special, Netflix employees protested and even staged a walkout, with some demanding that Netflix remove the special from their service. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has stuck by Chappelle and his right to artistic freedom, though.

“And if you see (a trans person), buy them a coffee or lipstick or whatever they want and tell them Dave Chappelle sent you,” the 48-year-old comedian also said.

RELATED: Netflix CEO Defends Dave Chappelle And His Right To ‘Artistic Freedom’ In Letter To Staff

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