Dave Chappelle, who dug in with his transphobia in his latest Netflix special and forced society to admit they needed his audience more than they cared about the social impacts of it all, was speaking onstage Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl of how it needs extra security now that the LGBTQ community looks down on it. And then a guy rushed onto the stage in an apparent attempt to physically assault or harm her.
Chappelle was performing at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday as part of the 11 Days Netflix is a joke comedy festival in Los Angeles – which continues until Sunday May 8 and is sponsored by Netflix. Over 100 comedians participate and perform at over two dozen venues around town, and evidently Chappelle was one of the biggest draws performing at one of the biggest venues.
As BuzzFeed says so, the incident happened after Chappelle finished his set, but he was back on stage to promote his new podcast with Talib Kweli and Mos Def. A man rushed to the scene and tackled Chappelle to the ground, carrying what police say is a replica weapon capable of ejecting a knife blade.
The attacker was then attacked by at least 10 security personnel, and BuzzFeed reporter Brianna Sacks, who was on the show, said the security guys were “beating the attacker like a man for self”, and at one point, Chappelle, back on stage, called the guy “idiot” and continued talking into the microphone while the guy was getting beaten up on stage.
Chappelle also joked, “Was that Will Smith?”
Chris Rock, who was slapped at this year’s Oscars by Smith after making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness, was also at the show to support Chappelle and returned to the stage with Jamie Foxx. Several news outlets linked the incident to comedian Kathy Griffin’s tweet after the Oscars incident, in which she wrote, “Now we all have to wonder who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters. .”
Sacks said on Twitter that Chappelle “literally just said he now has more security because of all the uproar of his jokes about the trans community.”
Absolute chaos. Then, Jamie Fox comes out wearing a cowboy hat, looking absolutely shocked, and Chapelle makes a joke about stomping on the guy, who gets beat up again. kweli and Mos Def do their set as the LAPD cruisers begin to arrive behind the scene. Wild fucking
— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) May 4, 2022
BuzzFeed also reported that Chappelle made another trans joke after the attack, suggesting the attacker was a trans man. He also reportedly said, “I’ve been doing this for 35 years, just trampled a **** backstage, always wanted to do this.”
The bizarre incident comes seven months after Chappelle’s Netflix special, The closest, was released and caused tensions to escalate both within the walls of Netflix and in the national media, over Chappelle’s unabashed need to mock transited. Chappelle crafted an argument, of sorts, in the set in which he tried to explain his intolerance by saying it all came down to racing for him – and the only people trying to “cancel” him were white. He also opened up about a friendship he had with a trans woman who was an amateur comedian who ended up taking her own life.
New York Times columnist Roxane Gay the summary saying, “He’s a faded simulacrum of the former great comedian, who now uses his significant platform to air grievances against the many people he despises, while deftly avoiding responsibility.”
A black trans Netflix employee was subsequently fired from the company for leaking confidential viewership and budget information to the public. That employee, former program manager B. Pagels-Minor, later came clean, saying he was trying to expose the huge spend on Chappelle’s specials and calling for parity in terms of LGBTQ content. positive.
Top Image: Dave Chappelle looks on during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 20, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)