Minnesota venue caves to outrage mob, cancels Chappelle stand-up performance

by mcardinal

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News


Cancel culture, we are often reminded by the left, isn’t real, but comedian Dave Chappelle still needs to find somewhere else to tell jokes.

Wednesday, just hours before Chappelle was to take the stage at First Avenue, a concert venue that boasts of being “the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis,” he and his fans were told that the show was over, at least at that location.

“The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” club management said in a statement. “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.”

First Avenue’s managerial class will likely need to revise its mission statement in the near future, as its actions Wednesday seem wholly at odds with what the venue is purportedly meant to represent.

According to the venue’s website, First Avenue’s “commitment to independence is led by the belief that unique, locally-owned live music rooms are imperative to the health of the community and economy. First Avenue is dedicated to promoting artistic expression in diverse voices old and new, to provide a community by offering artists a stage and a mic, and fans a place to gather.”

Nothing says independence like kowtowing to people who, unless they are particularly self-loathing or bad at avoiding easily avoidable situations, weren’t even going to be at the show. First Avenue did, however, keep with the tradition of modern leftists celebrating diversity by denying people of color opportunities.  

In its statement, the club clarified that its commitment to diversity was more accurately described as a general preference for diversity, so long as that diversity complies with the tenets of safe space culture.

“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,” the statement reads. “We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have.”

Chappelle, who was slated to play to a sold-out crowd each Wednesday-Friday, had not commented as of this writing. The comedian has been the frequent target of cancellation efforts for having dared to tell jokes that woke people find objectionable.

He was most recently hounded out of having a building at his alma mater named in his honor after a social media firestorm.

Similarly, the Twitter hounds fell upon First Avenue on social media and, through sheer force of their collective complaints, forced Chappelle to relocate.

It seems, though, that Chappelle’s Wednesday night performance at the Varsity occurred without incident.