Starting Sunday night when it happened, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock for a joke he made became the biggest news story in America. News anchors, celebrities, and regular people all weighed in on #slapgate and took sides. A few days later, however, and people are starting to move on. Except for Amy Schumer.
The 40-year-old stand up comedian was one of three hosts for the 2022 Academy Awards and apparently she’s still experiencing negative emotions related to Smith hitting Rock on national television. Schumer took to Instagram to express her thoughts on the matter. She admitted to being “triggered and traumatized” by the event, and said she was “waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”
She wrote: “I think we can all agree that the best way to unpack what happened is to stream my series @lifeandbethhulu and see me on tour this fall. But for real. Still triggered and traumatized. I love my friend @chrisrock and believe he handled it like a pro. Stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend @questlove and the whole thing was so disturbing. So much pain in @willsmith anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad. Im proud of myself and my cohosts. But yeah. Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”
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The comments section was flooded with support from other celebs.
“You were fabulous, hilarious and beautiful,” Sharon Stone wrote.
“You made it so much easier,” follower Miranda Bailey shared.
Paris Hilton simply replied with the heart eyes emoji.
Like so many other celebs, Schumer sided with Rock and denounced Smith’s actions, insisting that violence was unjustified in response to the joke. The “Men In Black” star has since made a public apology on his Instagram.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” the 53-year-old actor wrote in the Instagram caption. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” he added.”I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Meanwhile, Schumer is facing a bit of her own controversy from Sunday night. The Academy Awards co-host got into trouble for making a joke about actress Kirsten Dunst being nothing more than a “seat filler” at the event. Since Dunst didn’t assault her for the slight, the moment has been mostly overshadowed.
Schumer did clarify the joke later, though. “Hey I appreciate the love for Kirsten Dunst. I love her too! That was a choreographed bit she was in on,” Schumer wrote on her Instagram Story Monday, according to Page Six, “Wouldn’t disrespect that queen like that.”
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