Dave Chappelle Vows Against Allowing His High-School's Theater to Named after Him in the midst of Controversie

The comedian, who is also a standup comedian, made his opinions known Monday night as he was in Washington, D.C., 

for a dedication ceremony at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he was his alma mater. 

The Washington Post reported the story.

Chappelle reiterated that he believes criticisms of him aren't constructive, 

but he also said that he doesn't want his name on the theatre if it would distract students.

The student theater that he founded will no longer be named after him, but the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression.

Representatives of Chappelle were not immediately available for comment.

The school originally planned to hold a naming ceremony last year with Chappelle, but it was postponed when the comedian, 

 who is transphobic in his 2021 Netflix Special "The Closer", became the topic of much controversy among members and friends of the LGBTQ+ community.

In particular, Chappelle was the target of criticism by some students of Duke Ellington's campus in November. 

Some students asked Chappelle directly about his disapproval of criticisms he received from LGBTQ+ people.

According to one student, Chappelle was told by a 16-year-old that he thought you were childish.

Chappelle declared, "The Ellington family are my family," Monday evening after expressing his opinion.

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