Dave Chappelle Decides Against Allowing His High School’s Theater to Be Named After Him Amid Controversies

Despite initial plans for him to be the eponym of the theater at his former high school

Dave Chappelle gave up on having the venue named after him

He gave his opinion on the matter on Monday night while visiting Washington

To dedicate the venue at Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Despite Chappelle's statement that criticisms against him aren't productive, he also mentioned that he didn't want his name on the theater

The student theater will be renamed the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression instead of his name

Initially, the school planned a naming ceremony with Chappelle last year, but the ceremony was postponed 

After the comedian used transphobic language in his Netflix special "The Closer" in 2021, which caused controversy