Over the weekend, Amy Schumer held a stand-up performance at the Mirage Theatre in Las Vegas, where she addressed Smith and Rock’s confrontation on the Academy Awards last Sunday. During her performance, which was part of Aces of Comedy at the casino, Schumer also accused producers of removing numerous jokes from her hosting gig.
“I don’t even know what to say about the Oscars. Like, I really don’t know what to say. I have no jokes about it,” Schumer told the crowd, according to Vanity Fair. All I can say is that I don’t know if you saw this, but Will Smith slapped Chris Rock. Did you read that in your newsfeed?”
She continued, referring to Smith as “Ali,” from his 2001 film of the same name about the life of the boxer Muhammad Ali.
“I was kind of feeling myself…and then all of a sudden, Ali was making his way up,” recalled Schumer. “And it was just a fucking bummer. All I can say is that it was really sad, and I think it says so much about toxic masculinity. It was really upsetting, but I think the best way to comfort ourselves would be for me to say the Oscar jokes that I wasn’t allowed to say on TV.”
However, one particular joke about the occurrence on the set of Rust appears to have been better cut.
“Don’t Look Up is the name of a movie? More like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun,” she said. “I wasn’t allowed to say any of that [at the Oscars], but you can just come up and [slap] someone.”
During filming, Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was struck by a bullet fired by Alec Baldwin, who was using a prop gun that had not been thoroughly examined for safety. The family of Hutchins has since filed a lawsuit against Baldwin over the incident, but he continues to claim his innocence.
Schumer’s other cut material apparently addressed the Joe Rogan and the James Franco sexual misconduct allegations.
On social media following the Oscars, Schumer said that she was “triggered and traumatized” by Smith slapping Rock.
“I think we can all agree that the best way to unpack what happened is to stream my series Life & Beth and see me on tour this fall,” Schumer wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post. “But for real. Still triggered and traumatized. I love my friend Chris Rock 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 Will Smith anyway … I’m still in shock and stunned and sad. I’m 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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