Apparently a new trend has been started where comedians are attacked on stage while doing their jobs.
Dave Chappelle was assaulted by a man while on stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night.
Several fans in attendance captured video of the incident.
The LAPD arrested the man, who is also suspected of assault with a deadly weapon.
The 22-year old received quite a beating from Chappelle’s security team as well.
Actor Jamie Foxx was one the people who ran to Chappelle’s aid.
Chris Rock was also in attendance, and later joked with Chappelle on stage, saying: “Was that Will Smith?”
Dave Chappelle Attacked on Stage at Hollywood Bowl https://t.co/qi9wrNDMW1
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 4, 2022
Here’s more on the attack from the Hollywood Reporter:
Comedian Dave Chappelle was assaulted on stage during his set at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, people who attended the show and footage circulating on social media.
Several event attendees posted videos of the incident on Tuesday evening, the footage seeming to show Chappelle on stage performing when a man to his right rushes at him and tackles him to the floor.
The man is then seen to be dragged away by security.
The 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the LAPD told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We must protect Dave Chappelle at ALL COSTS!” -Jamie Foxx
“Was that Will Smiff?” -Chris Rock
“That’s how you stomp somebody out, son.” -Busta Rhymes pic.twitter.com/wNQjadW2SN
— IG: BDahtTV (@BDAHT) May 4, 2022
Dave Chappelle just got attacked on stage
— Hoodville (@Hoodville_) May 4, 2022
An armed maniac tackled Dave Chappelle on stage last night and security (and Dave) left the man looking like Gumby https://t.co/ZkAEMnZ0is
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) May 4, 2022
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 4, 2022
This incident came just weeks after Chris Rock was attacked on stage by Will Smith.
Here’s more on that incident from Daily Mail Online:
The attack comes weeks after Will Smith attacked Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, raising fears it would inspire similar violent protests against performers.
The actor slapped the comedian on stage after a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett-Smith has been open in the past about her struggles with alopecia.
After the slap, Smith returned to his seat and screamed ‘keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth.’
He the then won the Oscar for Best Actor in his role as Richard Williams, in the film King Richard. He used his speech to apologize to the Academy and he later posted an apology on Instagram.
Rock has mostly kept quiet on the issue, speaking out only to say he was ‘processing’ what happened.
The Hollywood Bowl incident didn’t end well for the attacker:
The idiot getting beaten down after attacking Dave Chappelle at Hollywood Bowl pic.twitter.com/Ft0FIUyjWv
— Jed Simon (@JEDSIMON) May 4, 2022
Moral of the story is not everyone handles running up on the stage Iike Chris Rock, look 👀 at his arm! After running up on Dave Chappelle and he got arrested. #smh #davechappelle pic.twitter.com/uKJ7c1d0iw
— MR. PRIMETIMETALK (@primetimetalktv) May 4, 2022
Some dude tackled Dave Chappelle on stage and that dude got stomped out forthwith. They took his arm off and put it back on backwards. That’s what he get. This attacking people on stage aint gon fly.
— Tony Baker (@TonyBakercomedy) May 4, 2022
Many now believe that Will Smith’s assault on Chris Rock last month has encouraged people to attack comedians on stage:
I believe Dave Chappelle would have never been attacked if Will Smith never punched Chris Rock.
Smith set the dangerous precedent and Hollywood's spineless reaction told the world it's okay to attack comedians.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 4, 2022
It’s Will Smith’s fault Dave Chappelle was tackled.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) May 4, 2022
Dave Chappelle should sue Will Smith!
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) May 4, 2022
Chappelle took the incident in stride.
Check out his reaction following the attack:
Chris rock after Dave Chappelle get attacked on stage “is that will smith “😂 pic.twitter.com/hw4PWZWC6y
— abdulaziz (@abdulaziz0m) May 4, 2022
After Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage, Chris Rock joins him on stage & says: "Was that Will Smith?"
I am DYING of laughter.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) May 4, 2022