Netflix made a statement after Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage while performing a comedy set during the huge Netflix Is a Joke festival broadcasting in Los Angeles. The show was taking place at the Hollywood Bowl. A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: “We take the safety of creators very seriously and strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.”
Video footage has been released showing a man running onto the stage and knocking the performer down on Chappelle’s comedy set. Chappelle has performed several times at the Hollywood Bowl last month. The attacker was seen standing up and trying to flee the scene, before being caught by security personnel and members of Chappelle’s crew.
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A spokesperson for Chappelle’s production company also issued a statement following the attack: “Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music with record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run brings together Chappelle and Monty Python for the most headlined shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70,000 fans from diverse backgrounds during the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, and Chappelle said last night’s event was his she doesn’t let her overshadow her magic. This is the historic moment.”
“However unfortunate and disturbing the incident was, Chappelle continued the show,” the statement adds. Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped to calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the last and prominent musical guests of the night, hip-hop artists Yasiin Bey and Black Star aka Talib Kweli, who performs music from their new album. almost 24 years – published in Luminary. Other comedy special guests from last night included Earthquake, Leslie Jones, Jeff Ross, Sebastian, Jon Stewart and Michelle Wolf.”
Chappelle is fully cooperating with the active police investigation into this incident. Police arrested 23-year-old Isaiah Lee on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to NBC Los Angeles. He allegedly carried a replica weapon capable of throwing knives, and is suspected of tackling comedian Chappelle on stage Tuesday night. He’s being held on $30,000 bail.
Chappelle has been a controversial figure lately for several Netflix comedy specials where he makes jokes about transgender people. The 2021 Netflix special “The Closer” sparked departures and protests last October. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos initially defended Chappelle, declaring that the comedian is “one of the most popular stand-ups today” and that “as with our other talents, we work hard to support their creative freedom – although that means there are some that are harmful.” Netflix believes there will always be content.” Sarandos said he eventually “broke down” in his reaction to Chappelle’s response.
Chappelle’s attack comes a little over a month after Will Smith made his way onto the Oscars stage to slap Chris Rock, the host of Chappelle’s Netflix show.
The Netflix It’s a Joke comedy festival kicked off on April 28 and will run until May 8.
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