The unlikely friendship between Madonna and Dave Chappelle appears stronger than ever after the standup comic was attacked during a set at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday evening.
23-year-old Isaiah Lee was arrested and charged with a single felony of assault with a deadly weapon after he stormed the stage with a knife and tackled Chappelle to the floor. His bail has been set at $30,000.
After the incident, Chappelle quickly regained his composure and joked, “It was a trans man!”
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Never one to miss an opportunity for publicity by inserting herself into someone else’s controversy, Madonna, who was at the show that evening, posted two pictures of herself displaying her “Team Chappelle” all-access pass to Instagram.
“Last Night was Strange……….,And disturbing for so many reasons! The World is upside down. 🙏🏼. #davechappelle,” she captioned the photos.
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The singer’s affection for the problematic comedian is nothing new, of course.
Chappelle made a brief cameo appearance in her Madame X tour documentary released last October, at the height of his transphobic Netflix scandal.
In the clip, Madonna sits down next to him in the audience and praises him for being “the next James Baldwin” without offering any compelling reasons to support the lofty comparison.
The cameo left many of her queer fans scratching their heads as James Baldwin was a gay Black novelist who was a central figure in the LGBTQ rights movement and Chappelle is a standup comedian with a long history of making anti-LGBTQ remarks.
This Madonna Madame X special is going along fine and fucking Dave Chapelle shows up.
— Sam ?’Rama (@samorama) October 9, 2021
Artists are here to disturb the peace. But Dave Chappelle is the new JK Rowling, not the next James Baldwin. 🕵️
— Earth Stan 🌎⏰🔥 (@YarmoukZarqa) October 11, 2021
I knw he’s uber famous but why is Dave Chappelle in your new special, the LGBT community want answers. And also why call him the next James Baldwin when he done nothing but spread hate under the guise comedy
— Alex Andy (@GothItBoy) October 9, 2021
Despite his repeated attacks on LGBTQ people, particularly members of the trans community, what happened to Chappelle on Tuesday night was not OK and we’re glad he wasn’t seriously injured.
His representative has since released a statement, saying, “As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show, Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the last and featured musical guests for the evening.”