WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Back in 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser awarded D.C. native, Dave Chapelle, a key to the city. And although Comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest special has LBTQ+ organizations, such as the Human Rights campaign calling it “anti-trans,” Bowser says she is not considering rescinding the key.
“I regard Dave as a friend and as an artist who is a genius,” said Bowser in a press conference Thursday. “That doesn’t mean I agree with everything he says or how he says it.”
Tramour Wilson of the Pride Center of Maryland says that he has been a longtime Dave Chapelle fan. Wilson thinks the content can cause emotional harm and doesn’t progress the initiatives of the LGBTQ+ community.
“If you look at comedy, you always hear LGBT jokes, majority of comedians have them,” said Wilson. “I think it takes a reevaluation to really find out what it should look like and how that can be more inclusive.”
Bowser said she has not directly had a conversation with Chapelle about his comments. Also, recently where Chapelle went to school, Duke Ellington named a stage after him.