Dave Chappelle Announces Screening Dates of Upcoming Documentary on Instagram

Source: Deadline

Dave Chappelle has taken to Instagram to announce the screening dates for his upcoming documentary Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary Film amid news of him being “canceled.”

Earlier this month, the stand-up comic has again come under fire after his contentious remarks against the trans community on his Netflix special, The Closer, went viral. The LGBTQ community and allies were quick to call out the comedian and expressed their disappointment at his seemingly transphobic comments.

Following the outrage, film festivals that previously invited Chapelle to show his documentary on their platforms have since backed out. However, despite the apparent backlash, the actor seems to be unfazed. Instead, he has taken matters into his own hands by organizing private screenings where he and some of his friends are also set to appear live.

The film is slated to be shown throughout November in 10 cities across North America, including San Francisco, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Toronto, Cincinnati, Columbus, Atlanta, and New York. 

However, more than the announcement of the upcoming documentary’s single-day screening schedules, the short video that came with the post captured people’s attention more. In the 4-minute clip, the controversial personality covered several topics in front of a live audience in one of his shows.

He started by claiming that he has nothing against the transgender community and is not blaming them for the fallout even though mainstream media has framed it to look that way. But he also stands by his previous statement saying, “I said what I said.”

He went on and added, “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands. And if you want to meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have some conditions: First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing and a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

On top of that, he made a commentary about the censorship that he is experiencing and talked about how no film company, film festival, and movie studio is willing to touch his film. Chapelle mentioned, “It is about corporate interest and what I can say and what I cannot say.” On the other hand, he says he understands why investors would be nervous but that he desperately wants people to see the documentary.

He closed his statement by telling the audience, “You will be able to see this movie in its entirety, and you can see what they’re trying to obstruct you from seeing. And you can judge for yourself, but you cannot have this conversation and exclude my voice from it. That is only fair.”

Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary Film features Dave Chapelle’s tour in the summer of 2020, which coincided with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, which sparked the most widespread racial justice protests in the world, Black Lives Matter.

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