Recall that Rock was infamously attacked at the Academy awards by Will Smith over a joke the comedian made about his wife, Jada Pinkett. The actor left fans worldwide stunned when he slapped Rock on the face for the joke about Pinkett’s bald head. Smith has since issued an apology for his actions. He was also penalized by the Academy’s committee.
Chappelle, on the other hand, was attacked on stage while performing at the ‘Netflix is a Joke’ show in May. His 23-year-old attacker Isaiah Lee had told the police that he felt ‘triggered’ by Chappelle’s LGBTQ jokes. He further revealed that he was inspired by Smith’s Oscar slap.
“I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect,” the rapper told The Post. “I wanted Dave Chappelle and people to know that these are things you need to be more sensitive about and not joke about.”
Since the attacks, both Rock and Chappelle have addressed their mutual incidents on the stage of West Hollywood’s ‘The Comedy Store.’