Comedian Dave Chappelle, who is set to have a theater named after him at his alma mater, has said people can still influence whether he receives the honor by raising money for the institution and stating whether they are for or against the idea.
Chappelle, who was heckled this week while addressing pupils at his old school, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C., posted news of his 'donation challenge' on his Instagram account.
His challenge comes after the comedian was heckled by some students who were unhappy about his controversial Netflix special.
Dave Chappelle has said urged people to donate to his alma mater stating whether they are in favor or against the naming of a theater after him
The comedian wants to raise money either in favor or objecting to a building on the campus of Duke Ellington School of the Arts bearing his name
Chappelle was heckled on Tuesday by students while visiting his old school
Chappelle is urging people to donate in favor or against his alma mater's theater being named after him
Chappelle said that he will gladly step aside once the public have had their say by donating
'Talk is cheap (Unless I do it). The Duke Ellington school is a glorious institution. Within those walls I found a context to explore my creativity seriously. Duke Ellington, in large part, prepared me to undertake this noble and difficult profession. It was a fine institution before any of it's current occupants got there. God willing, it will be a fine institution long after their tenure is done. My only intent is to insure Duke Elling the opportunity to train its artists unfettered,' Chappelle began in a statement spread over four pictures.
'Having the theater named after me is a great honor. Although, that was not my idea, aim or desire. At the request of our beloved school's founder, Peggy Cooper Kafritz, I accepted,' he continued.
'In April, I intend to honor that request. If you object to my receiving this honor, I urge you to donate to the school noting your objection. If you are in favor of the theater being named 'Chappelle', I urge you to donate to the school, noting your approval.
'Whichever opinion donates the highest collective dollar amount, wins. If by April, those against the 'Chappelle' theater exceed the donations of those who are neutral or in favor of the theater being named 'Chappelle', I will gladly steal aside. If not, I will happily attend the naming ceremony. And if you don't care enough to donate… please shut the f**k up, forever. - Dave'
Chappelle has been under fire this year over jokes about transgender people in his comedy special The Closer - but the comedian has always denied being anti-trans. PIctured, protesters seen last month outside one of the offices of Netflix
Comedian Dave Chappelle (pictured) was heckled this week while addressing pupils at his old school, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, with some audience members complaining about his controversial Netflix special The Closer
Chappelle has been under fire this year over jokes about transgender people in his comedy special The Closer - but the comedian has always denied being anti-trans.
During The Closer, he made one comment stating that 'gender is a fact', leading to the trans community blasting the comedy special.
The controversial show caused Netflix staff to protest and mass outrage on social media against some of his jokes.