Dave Chappelle attack: Howard Stern criticizes treatment of Will Smith

Radio host Howard Stern has slammed the double standard between the treatment of Dave Chappelle’s stage invader and Will Smith.

US radio host Howard Stern has exposed a Hollywood double standard in the wake of an attack on comedian Dave Chappelle, claiming the assailant was handled very differently to Will Smith after his Oscars slap.

The 68-year-old shock jock criticized the hypocrisy during today’s episode of The Howard Stern Show.

“This guy jumped up on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle,” Stern said. “As soon as that happened, did they let him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife and then give them an award? No.

“They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so bad,” he claimed.

“They f***ing beat the sh*t out of him.”

Stern was referring to the incident in which Isaiah Lee, 23, allegedly tackled Chapelle, 48, while armed with a fake gun during the Netflix Is A Joke festival in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday.

The assailant was subsequently tackled by security and arrested while A-list celebs including Chris Rock and Jamie Foxx tended to Chappelle.

Mr Lee was taken to hospital before being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon.

Video of the incident showed security jumping on him and his arm being twisted and apparently snapped as the audience booed.

He also appeared to have a puffed, bloody right eye and a bloody nose as he was led to an ambulance.

Stern found it hypocritical that the same standards didn’t apply to Smith, 53, following his infamous slapping of Chris Rock at the Oscars in March.

“Unlike the Academy Awards, Jamie Foxx came running out on stage and helped Dave Chappelle,” the entertainer ranted. “At the Academy Awards, everyone came over and consoled Will Smith – because it was live television and Hollywood didn’t know what to do about Will Smith.”

Indeed, following the Academy Awards, in which the King Richard star slapped Rock for making a bald joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia, Smith was allowed to stay at the event and accept the Best Actor Oscar, for which he received a standing ovation.

Smith was then comforted by other celebrities.

Stern maintained that Hollywood shouldn’t “treat Will Smith any different than they did the Chappelle attacker”.

“The audience at the Oscars gave Will Smith a standing ovation after the attack, that’s the truth,” the radio personality vented. “It’s on film, it’s not fake news. They didn’t break Will’s hands, they shook them – and it’s wrong.”

He said the two events was indicative of “how f***ed up Hollywood is”.

“Some people in the audience at the Academy Awards still should be very ashamed of themselves. I hope they are,” he said.

Smith’s deed didn’t go entirely unpunished: In April, the I Am Legend actor was slapped with a 10-year ban from the Academy Awards ceremony.

As for Chappelle, he’s reportedly not too shaken up.

“The performances by Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl were epic,” his rep Carla Sims told the Hollywood Reporter.

“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run ties Chappelle with Monty Python for the most headlined shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70,000 fans of diverse backgrounds during the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festivaland he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”

This story originally appeared on New York Post and was reproduced with permission


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