The quote, “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say,” is in jeopardy. On Tuesday, in the unfortunate turn of events, Comedian Dave Chapelle was attacked. He was performing his stand-up set at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. A young man, Isaiah Lee tackled Dave Chappelle with a fake gun with a knife blade in it. An assault on a comedian did not take place for the first time. During the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage. Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia condition which enraged Smith. It led to a string of extreme reactions. Comedian and reality tv host, Howie Mandel has addressed the situation of the comedy recently referring to these two events.
Howie Mandel Admits That His Worst Fear Has Come True
During an interview for his upcoming Netflix show Bullsh*t, Mandel addressed the two events which have put comedy and humor in peril. Mandel feels that the Will Smith altercation “opened the floodgates.” He said, “Not to comment on what happened at the Academy Awards, but I thought that that opened the floodgates.”
The comedian added, “We’re already as comedians being attacked as far as being canceled for something that you don’t like, something that you find offensive, something that you think is too soon.”
Howie Mandel has been in the industry for 45 years now but the turn of events has made him uncomfortable. “You saw what happened at the Academy Awards, and I thought that just triggers violence. And I think this is the beginning of the end for comedy.”
When asked what he would have done in such a situation, he admitted being a “wuss.” He joked, “I’m probably more of a Chris Rock, and a Usain Bolt because I would run. I wouldn’t stand there. I wouldn’t fight back, and I would just run.”