Minneapolis’ First Avenue Cancels Dave Chappelle Show After Online Backlash

First Avenue, a prestigious performance venue in Minneapolis, canceled a Dave Chappelle show at the last minute after online backlash, citing the comedian’s transphobic jokes.

“The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” First Avenue announced hours before the sold-out performance on July 20.

“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,” First 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,” First Avenue further said.

Varsity Theater honored the 1,550 tickets that were originally purchased for the show from First Avenue.

The cancelation came after an online petition on Change.org asked First Avenue not to host the 48-year-old comedian.

“Dave Chappelle has a record of being dangerous to trans people, and First Avenue has a duty to protect the community. Chappelle’s actions uphold a violent heteronormative culture and directly violate First Avenue’s code of conduct, the petition, which was launched shortly after tickets went on sale on July 18, said.

Chappelle has faced widespread backlash over the past year over the comments he made about the trans community in his Netflix special, “The Closer.”

Chappelle said that he was “team TERF,” which means “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.”

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