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Minneapolis Concert Venue Cancels Dave Chappelle Show After Woke Outcry



The famed Minneapolis concert venue First Avenue has canceled a scheduled show starring comedian Dave Chappelle following woke outcry over his Netflix comedy special The Closer.

According to Variety, First Avenue issued the cancelation “just hours before the comedian was set to perform” after a torrent of woke activists berated the venue on social media. In its statement announcing the cancelation, First Avenue said that it “lost sight of the impact” host Dave Chappelle would have.

“To staff, artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls,” the venue said.

“The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission,” it continued. “We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have. We know there are some who would not agree with this decision; you are welcome to send feedback.”



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