Walkout Threat Defers Dave Chappelle’s High School Fundraiser

Dave Chappelle’s scheduled high school fundraiser is supposed to take place next Tuesday, November 23. However, such activity of the stand-up comedian and actor got scratched due to a threat of a student walkout.

You may feel surprised by this latest news. It is interesting to note that long before Dave Chappelle’s scheduled high school fundraiser this year, the comedian has done many amazing things for his alma mater, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

According to online entertainment news source The Shade Room, David Khari Webber Chappelle has donated more than US$100,000 to his former school through the years. Additionally, he gave his alma mater one of his Emmy Awards in 2017.

You will also question the postponement of Dave Chappelle’s scheduled high school fundraiser this year as he was a commencement speaker there in the past. The Shade Room reported that the 48-year-old father of three children, whose mediums comprise film, TV, and stand-up comedy, also conducted a master class and brought along various celebrity pals to speak to the students of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Nevertheless, you can tell that none of these efforts of the comedian mattered as news broke out about his postponed appearance in his high school fundraiser. The Shade Room mentioned in its report that the school’s students threatened to walk out in protest of Dave being there because of his Netflix special, “The Closer.”

If you can recall, Dave Chappelle’s show stirred up considerable controversy following its premiere early last month. It is because of the Washington, D.C. native’s remarks about the transgender community. 

With these events, students of Dave’s alma mater reportedly got involved in a heated debate with the faculty members over a planned exhibition honoring him simultaneously as the new theater’s fundraiser. 

The new theater is reportedly going to be named after the controversial stand-up comedian. Thus, instead of conducting Dave Chappelle’s scheduled high school fundraiser next week, it will be moved to next spring, per The Shade Room’s report.

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