Chappelle introduced the choice at a dedication ceremony for the venue, in accordance with a report from the Washington Put up. Over the previous few months, the entertainer has stirred controversy with transphobic feedback and jokes which have drawn criticism from civil rights teams and college students on the faculty.
Throughout Monday’s dedication ceremony, Chappelle mentioned he determined to say no the dignity as a result of he didn’t need his identify to distract from the scholars’ work on the faculty. Final yr, The Duke Ellington Faculty of the Arts initially postponed the naming of their theater after backlash mounted over Chappelle’s Netflix comedy particular, “The Nearer.” The set included graphic jokes about transgender ladies.
“It doesn’t matter what they are saying about ‘The Nearer,’ it’s nonetheless (one of many) most watched specials on Netflix,” Chappelle mentioned Monday, in accordance with USA In the present day. “The extra you say I am unable to say one thing, the extra pressing it’s for me to say it. It has nothing to do with what you’re saying I am unable to say. It has all the things to do with my freedom of creative expression.”
The theater will as a substitute be referred to as the Theater for Creative Freedom and Expression.
Duke Ellington Principal Sandi Logan advised the Washington Put up the college has had a number of conversations with college students and workers about Chappelle’s inclusion.
Chappelle is from Washington, DC and a 1991 graduate of the the celebrated faculty, which educates a predominantly Black pupil physique and, in accordance with Logan, a major LGBTQ group. Final yr, Chappelle pledged to donate $100,000 to the college’s theater.