The man who was arrested for tackling Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl claimed he was inspired by actor Will Smith, who pulled a stunt at the 2022 Oscars by slapping Chris Rock after taking offense to a joke made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Isaiah Lee, 23, spoke with the New York Post in a jailhouse interview on Monday and lamented to the outlet that while he felt Rock was out of line with the “G.I Jane” joke he made at Pinkett Smith’s expense, speaking to hair loss from alopecia, ultimately Smith was “standing up for his wife,” and that action is what inspired him to do the same for those Lee felt Chappelle offended with his commentary surrounding the LGBTQ and homeless communities.
“I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect,” Lee claimed, according to 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.”
“I’m not going to lie… it was a bit of clout-chasing,” said the rapper before reportedly further claiming: “In Hollywood, you know they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. I rap about these things in my music and knew it would get attention.”