"What he said was triggering," says Dave Chappelle's Hollywood Bowl attacker

New Delhi:

 American stand up comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked at The Hollywood Bowl earlier this month because one of the audience got offended by his joke. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the attacker, Isaiah Lee, who was an audience member and was arrested on suspicion of assault after he allegedly charged the comedian on stage, has said in an interview that he was offended by Chappelle’s jokes. 

“I identify as bisexual … and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering. I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect,” Lee told a news outlet.

He went on to claim that he was there to have fun but Chappelle made jokes which included controversial comments about the LGBTQ community, in addition to making jokes about homelessness. Lee stated he himself has experienced homelessness. 

“It’s a struggle, and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it’s not a joke,” he said and later also added that he does not regret his actions.

Lee faces four misdemeanours, but Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon has declined to file felony charges, as per The Hollywood Reporter. Since the incident, though Chappelle has largely joked about the matter during his performances, it has drawn widespread condemnation, even among some of the comedian’s critics.

 As per the outlet, “At least you got smacked by someone of repute!” Dave said at one event to fellow comic Chris Rock, who was slapped at the Oscars 2022 by Will Smith in March. “I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair.”

Netflix also released the following statement after Chappelle was attacked, “We care deeply about the safety of creators and we strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.”

(With inputs from ANI)


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