Legendary “Purple Rain” venue First Avenue released an apology and stated “we lost sight of the impact” Chappelle’s appearance “would have.”
“To staff, artists and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls,” the statement reads.
“The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission. We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have.”
The show was moved to the Varsity Theater. The response to this cancellation has been mixed, as the venue has been criticized for folding under pressure. Check it out below.
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