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Minnesota Theater CANCELS Dave Chappelle Show Amid Upset Staffers and Antifa Threats


First Avenue, a famous concert venue in Minneapolis, canceled a scheduled performance by comedian Dave Chapelle just hours before he was set to take the stage.

The theater received a petition signed by 125 people and threats from Antifa.

Chapelle has been targeted by trans activists for his refusal to have his language and jokes monitored by woke standards.

First Avenue officials abruptly canceled Chapelle’s show and moved it to a different theater — Varsity Theater — about 2.5 miles away.

The decision was described as “totalitarian censorship and [a] hatred of free expression.”

In a statement, First Avenue ensured its venue would remain a “safe space.” The venue apologized for failing to be a proper safe space as the comedian has made jokes about transgender people.

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 Avenue is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.

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.

According to Rolling Stone, First Avenue staffers had complained to management about Chappelle, even threatening to call out of work on the night of Chappelle’s show.

In addition to upset staffers, an Antifa-aligned group called MnUprising made several threats related to the performance.

*Source – The Gateway Pundit*

According to a report from the Daily Mail, “they launched a petition and attracted 125 signatures – a 12th of the crowd expected at the show on Wednesday night. It was enough to persuade First Avenue to ditch the event, despite having sold 1,500 tickets at $129.50-a-pop, a total of nearly $200,000 which they would have taken a handsome slice of.”

After the show was moved, MnUprising posted the new venue and told people to “stay dangerous.”

First Avenue was viciously mocked for bending the knee to the woke mob.

“We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we overlooked how fragile, humorless, and unhinged so many of you had become. We’re scared now. Please leave us alone,” tweeted Blaze CEO Tyler Carditis.

The Blaze added:

The decision to appease the woke outrage mob is ironic and shows the theater was listening to a minority number of voices.

In fact, Chappelle had sold out the show at First Avenue, and the demand to see the iconic comedian was so great that two additional shows were added at the Varsity Theater for Thursday and Friday.

Still, the decision to cancel Chappelle and move him to a different theater did not deter protesters — about 50, according to the Minneapolis StarTribune — who gathered outside the Varsity Theater.


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