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Pride Toronto condemns Maple Leafs for hosting Dave Chappelle’s tour

Pride Toronto has issued a statement in response to a screening of Dave Chappelle‘s Untitled film, which is scheduled to take place this evening at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

The LGBTQ+ non-profit expressed disappointment with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) for providing the 19,800-capacity venue to Chappelle, in light of the comedian having recently come under fire for making transphobic remarks in his Netflix special The Closer.

“Pride Toronto is deeply disappointed in Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment’s decision to provide the Scotiabank Arena platform to Dave Chappelle today following his transphobic tirade during his recently released Netflix special,” the organization wrote. “We call on MLSE to commit to meaningful action to combat transphobia, in their spaces and in sports.”

Chappelle’s tour is not a live performance, but rather a screening of his new project, Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary Film to 20,000-person arenas. In The Closer, Chappelle states that “gender is a fact,” joking about Caitlyn Jenner being voted Woman of the Year during her first year out as a woman. “Never even had a period, ain’t that something! I’d be mad as shit if I was a woman,” he said.

He also touched on the hate that he’s gotten from the community, saying, smiling, that “these transgenders want me dead. I’ve gone too far and said too much.” He continued, “I’m very worried about it, I’m not even joking. Every time I come out on stage, I be scared, looking around the crowd searching for knuckles and Adam’s apples to see where the threats might be coming from.”

“What is a woman? What is that in this day and time? Is there even such a thing as a woman or a man or anything? Seems to be a question nowadays.” Concluding, Chappelle added, “It’s over, LGBTQ, LMNOPQYZ, it’s over. I’m not telling another joke about you until we are both sure that we are laughing together.”

Tickets for Chappelle’s Toronto date tonight sold out almost immediately, ranging in price from $150 to $1,950 for super fans.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BLOGTO.COM

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