The cancellation, by a music hall in Minneapolis, of a show by comedian Dave Chappelle, author of jokes judged by some to be contemptuous of transgender people, raised a controversy in the United States on Thursday, the conservatives there seeing a new attack on freedom of expression.
The First Avenue spectacles show, at the heart of the famous film “Purple Rain” (1984) about the musician Prince, announced the cancellation on Wednesday, just hours before the comedian’s planned appearance on stage for his one-man show. playing sold out.
“The Dave Chappelle show at First Avenue is canceled and moved to the Varsity Theater,” wrote First Avenue management on Instagram.
“To our employees, artists and our community we say you heard and we are sorry,” she continued.
“We know that we have to live up to the highest standards and we are aware that we have disappointed you. We are not just a dark room welcoming the public, ”continued the theater in its press release, provoked by multiple Internet users.
On the other hand, many personalities in the conservative sphere have regretted a new manifestation, according to them, of the “culture of erasure”. Tom Fitton, president of the conservative organization Judicial Watch, denounced a victory for the “totalitarian left”.
Dave Chappelle, one of America’s best-known comedians, has found himself accused of offering transphobes on several of his shows.
Last October, Netflix found itself embroiled in one of these controversies, after the broadcast of “The Closer”, a fan show the stand-up star claimed that “the existence of the genre is a fact” and blamed its detractors for being “too sensitive”.
“In our country, you can shoot and kill” a black man, “but do not announce to offend a gay person”, said Dave Chappelle, himself black.