Why are we going backwards on free speech? Comedians sound off on venue’s cowardly cave to cancel Chappelle

(Video: Fox News)

An upcoming performance by Dave Chappelle at First Venue in Minneapolis was abruptly canceled upon calls from left-wing crybabies that the iconic comedian’s material is harmful to them.

“It’s a direct assault on freedom of speech,” Joe Piscopo, comedian and “Saturday Night Live” legend, told Fox News Digital.

“It’s like Lenny Bruce, it’s like the 1960s and them trying to shut down Lenny Bruce. It’s no different,” Piscopo continued. “Why are we going back to those times where we didn’t have freedom of speech?”

The controversial Bruce was once cited for a misdemeanor on charges of obscenity after using foul language during his act at a New York City club. He was pardoned 39 years later after then-Governor George A. Pataki of New York proclaimed that NYC had an obligation and commitment to “upholding the First Amendment.”

Chappelle’s First Avenue show sold out in a matter of minutes after going on sale Tuesday; but in this cowardly new world, the squeaking leftist gets the grease, and First Avenue announced via Twitter just one day later that the planned show was no more.

“It’s a shame the theater chickened out to a very small, minute group of protestors,” Piscopo said. “Lenny Bruce was a pioneer. Dave Chappelle is a pioneer and he’ll get through this as well. All those people complaining will fall by the wayside.”

“Fox Across America” host and frequent “Gutfeld” panelist Jimmy Failla appeared Thursday on “Fox & Friends First” and dissected the venue’s genuflection.

“Anytime they say, ‘We believe in this but,’ you know what I mean, it’s like the old thing ‘don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against women drivers but,’” Failla said. “You always know they’re about to contradict what they just said.”

“Anybody who doesn’t like his jokes doesn’t have to buy a ticket and go. That’s the point, you have an option,” he said. “Comedy is a buffet… the way it works is, everybody has a tray at the buffet, you see an item you like, in this case a joke, you throw it on the tray. You don’t like the item, you don’t stop and fight with the chef, you keep walking, everybody has their own tray.”

While First Avenue’s initial announcement on Twitter was assailed by many wokesters who were aghast at the idea of a Chappelle performance, Failla feels most of them aren’t even really that upset or don’t know what they’re upset about.

“Nobody is offended, I just think people know there is currency to be accrued from getting offended. I’m upset, give me something. I’m upset, cancel this show,” he said. “It’s the stupidest thing in the world, but again, just so everyone understands, if you come to a show and we make fun of you, we’re treating you as an equal. We’re not putting you off in a corner infantilized, lesser-than.”

As for Piscopo, he believes that left-wing politicians are far more offensive than any comedian could be at this point.

“The majority of Americans believe in this country. We love everybody and we want to embrace everybody. Well, you know what the problem is? Nobody’s in charge. We don’t have one person in charge in the country to speak the voice of everyone. There’s nobody in charge and that and all the press does is try to divide us.”

He concluded, “It confuses people… I think they got Mr. Chappelle in their crosshairs and I think it’s wrong. I think it’s racist in their behalf. You want to talk racist? I think it’s an assault on First Amendment. Everything that they’re calling everybody else is what they are. It’s called transference. They are racist. They are trying to shut down free speech.”

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