Netflix has officially dropped another Dave Chappelle special. The new segment takes admiration from a speech Chappelle gave during a naming ceremony at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. In June, Chappelle made an appearance at the school’s theater because it was going to be named after him. But unfortunately, due to his remarks on the LGBTQ community, those plans got postponed. However, Chappelle and his close friends raised most of the profits for the school’s new theatre.
Dave Chappelle received negative feedback from his special, The Closer, after commenting on the transgender community. However, the comedian said the press took his words out of context.
Chappelle continued, “You cannot report on an artist’s work and remove artistic nuance. It has nothing to do with what you are saying, I can’t say. It has everything to do with my freedom of artistic expression.”
He added, “I saw in the newspaper that a man dressed in women’s clothing threw a pie at the Mona Lisa and tried to deface it. And it made me laugh, and I thought, ‘It’s like The Closer.’ “
The theater building for Duke Ellington School of Arts is now called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. Chappelle coined the term after being criticized for what he said in The Closer.