Liberal Brown Shirts were out again. This time burning not books, but tickets to a Dave Chappelle show.
Fox: “Twitter users both praised and ridiculed First Avenue after the Minneapolis music venue announced they were cancelling a stand-up comedy routine by Dave Chappelle following backlash.”
It started like this. “The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been cancelled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” the announcement, posted to Twitter, said.
The fascist reason? “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…The following behavior is not welcome at First Avenue venues: Acting or speaking in a discriminatory manner or using racist, sexist, ableist, transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic or other biased language, including intentional misgendering.” Josef Goebbels, call your office.
Republicans were not buying it. “’We believe in diverse voices’ …except the voices we don’t agree with,’” comedian Tim Young replied to First Avenue. He also said every time a Chappelle show is cancelled, Republicans gain votes.
Every time Dave Chappelle has a show canceled by leftist lunatics, Republicans gain votes.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 21, 2022
“You’re a bunch of immature children,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck tweeted. Tidal executive vice president and editor-in-chief Tony Gervino said, “We believe in diverse voices. Just not diversity.”
The Blaze CEO Tyler Carditis said, “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.” The Federalist editor-in-chief Mollie Hemingway wrote, “Your totalitarian censorship and hatred of free expression is unamerican and terrifying.”
Man on the street view? “I don’t feel like it’s right that people can tell other people what they can and cannot say,” Dani Zoldan, owner of Stand Up New York, told press. “If people don’t want to support him … if people are offended by some of his transgender jokes, they don’t have to support him. They don’t have to watch the Netflix special. They don’t have to buy tickets to their show.
“But to, you know, force management, who booked him in the first place, and put pressure on them to cancel is really unfortunate,” Zoldan added. “Comedians make jokes about everyone.”
Chappelle himself reacted to this issue recently when his DC alma mater threw leftist propaganda in his face. “When I heard those talking points coming out of these children’s faces, that really, sincerely, hurt me,” Chappelle said. “Because I know those kids didn’t come up with those words. I’ve heard those words before. The more you say I can’t say something, the more urgent it is for me to say it.
“And it has nothing to do with what you’re saying I can’t say. It has everything to do with my right, my freedom, of artistic expression. That is valuable to me. That is not severed from me. It’s worth protecting for me, and it’s worth protecting for everyone.”