He gave a Stern lecture.
Radio icon Howard Stern storms into Tinseltown and claims they treat Oscar slapper Will Smith differently than Dave Chappelle’s attacker.
The 68-year-old shock jock slammed showbiz’s perceived double standard on Wednesday’s episode of The Howard Stern Show.
“This guy jumped on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle,” Stern ranted into the mic, Mediaite reported. “As soon as that happened did they make him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife and then give them an award? No! They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so badly.”
He added, “They f–king beat that–t out of him.”
Stern was referring to the viral incident in which Isaiah Lee, 23, attacked the “Half Baked” star while armed with a fake gun during the Netflix Is a Joke festival at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. The attacker was then beaten to a pulp by security forces and arrested while A-list celebrities including Chris Rock and Jamie Foxx tended to Chappelle. Lee has since been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Needless to say, Stern found it hypocritical that the 53-year-old “Ali” actor wasn’t held to the same standards after his infamous Oscar smash rock.
“Unlike the Academy Awards, Jamie Foxx ran onto the stage and helped Dave Chappelle,” the entertainer ranted. “At the Oscars, everyone came over and comforted Will Smith because it was live television and Hollywood didn’t know what to do with Will Smith.”
Indeed, after the Smackademy Awards – at which the “Hancock” star slapped Rock for going bald over his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia – Smith was allowed to remain at the event and win the Best Actor Oscar accept he received a standing ovation. And in a complete 180 from the Chappelle attack, Smith was comforted by celebs instead of his victim.
Of course, it may come as no surprise to some that an Oscar winner was treated differently than a non-celebrity. However, Stern asserted that Hollywood “shouldn’t treat Will Smith any differently than Chappelle’s attacker.”
“The audience at the Oscars gave Will Smith a standing ovation after the attack, that’s the truth,” the radio personality gushed. “It’s in the movie, it’s not fake news. They didn’t break Will’s hands, they shook them and it’s wrong.”
In summary, Stern found the discrepancy in the episodes an indication of “how f—woke Hollywood is.”
“Some people in the Oscars audience should still be very ashamed. I hope they are,” he said.
Of course, Smith’s actions didn’t go unpunished: In April, the “I Am Legend” actor was handed a 10-year ban from the Oscars.
As for Chappelle and Tuesday’s incident, he’s not shaken.
“Chapelle’s performances at the Hollywood Bowl were epic,” his rep Carla Sims told the Hollywood Reporter. “Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music and broke record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run ties Chappelle with Monty Python for the shows’ most-covering comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, hitting 70,000 fans from all backgrounds during the inaugural Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, and he refuses to repeat last night’s incident to eclipse the magic of this historic moment.”