Chris Rock finally addressed Will Smith’s slap directly
Last night was an absolute circus at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as Dave Chapelle presented a set for the ‘Netflix is a Joke’ festival. The biggest celebrities and stars were in the front row. People like Elon Musk or P-Diddy were in attendance but other fellow comedians were actually backstage to show support for Dave.
At a certian moment during his set, the king of politically incorrect comedy was tackled by a raging fan who was beaten up to a pulp and even got a dislocated arm. Images of the person who dared to do this were flooding the internet late on Tuesday. But the most viral moment came as Chapelle decided to invite Chris Rock on stage.
As Dave’s security detail was dealing with the man who jumped the comedian, Jamie Foxx was also helping him out while wearing a cowboy hat. But the crowd lost it when Chris Rock shared the microphone with Dave to say the punchline we’ve all been waiting for.
The crowd erupted in laughter after the man who made the Oscars viral again decided to give his two cents on the recent act of stupidity from an angry “fan”. Chapelle was grinning as he told the crowd he just stomped on another black man backstage for the first time. After that, Rock took Dave’s mic and said:
Was that Will Smith?
When will we hear Chris Rock’s full account?
In previous moments, Chris Rock has mostly avoided talking about that event that changed live television forever. It was also a moment that effectively gave peoepl who don’t like comedy the courage to do what this person did on Tuesday night. Attacking a comedian in the middle of his act is wrong, regardless of how much you dislike him.
We are already calling it ‘The Will Smith effect’ because it truly did set a precedent that might never go away. Comedians are being attacked for expressing their art form and they need to be protected at all costs. It’s pretty jarring to think that people can just go on stage and assault somebody for telling jokes.
After Chapelle got attacked, Chris Rock came on stage and hit us with possibly the joke of the year “was that Will Smith?” pic.twitter.com/ldWQ3h0eln
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