MINOT, N.D. — It is fashionable, for our modern censors and prudes, to append to their calls to silence speech and expression they find objectionable an apologia of sorts extolling their support for the exact opposite of what they’re trying to accomplish.
They’re all for free speech, they say. They support artists and unfettered expression, they say.
And then they add a “but.”
So it went with First Avenue, a famed venue in Minneapolis that caved to a moral bullying campaign on social media and canceled a scheduled performance by comedian Dave Chappelle, who has drawn the ire of the LGBTQ community for what they allege is “transphobic” content in his performances.
“We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression,” First Avenue’s announcement of the news, posted on Instagram, read.