The Will Smith Oscar Slap, or “Slapgate” as it’s being coined by some, is still one of the most hotly debated topics at the moment, even though it happened over a week ago.
At the awards ceremony, Smith took to the stage and hit Chris Rock after the comedian made a G.I Jane joke about his wife, who struggles with hair loss.
Now, one of the co-hosts of the show, Amy Schumer, who briefly spoke on the matter before, seems to still have a lot to say about it as she relates the incident to “Toxic Masculinity” during her first stand-up since the incident.
Amy Schumer Alludes The Will Smith Slap To ‘Toxic Masculinity’
During her comedy show at The Mirage Theater in Los Angeles, the “Life&Beth” actress took a moment to address the controversy, which involved her friend and collaborator Rock.
Schumer admitted to feeling good about how the ceremony progressed and was confident that her co-hosts echoed the same sentiments until the fiasco occurred.
“I was kind of like, feeling myself. I was like, ‘Oooh, somebody’s monologue went well.’ And then all of a sudden, Ali was making his way up. And it was just a f***ing bummer. I can say that it was really sad, and I think it says so much about race and toxic masculinity. It’s just everything,” she said, per The Hollywood Reporter
She also shared on her Instagram, in a since-deleted post, that she was “triggered and traumatized” after the event.
“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,” she continued at the time. “So much pain in @willsmith anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad.”
She concluded, “I’m proud of myself and my co-hosts. But yeah. Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”
Hollywood Had A Lot To Say About The Infamous Slap
The award show’s co-host, Sykes, also expressed her reservations about the incident in her interview on “The EllenDeGeneres Show.”
“For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award. I was like, ‘How gross is this?’ she said. “This is just the wrong message. You assault somebody, you get escorted out of the building, and that’s it. But for them to let him continue, I thought it was gross. I wanted to be able to run out after he won and say, ‘Unfortunately, Will couldn’t be here tonight'”
Bill Maher also expressed his feelings about the assault on the April 1st episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher.” “o Will Smith: stay strong and I got your back,” Maher said, adding, “April Fools. You’re a d–k.”
He also confessed that he had difficulty feeling sorry for Pinkett Smith. “Comparing a woman to Demi Moore looking her hottest is not exactly the worst insult I’ve ever heard. I mean, Alopecia is not leukemia,” he concluded.
Smith Apologized To Rock And Resigned From The Academy
He also added that he would take responsibility for the consequences of his actions.
“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.”
He added, “Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
Rock Hasn’t Made Any Comment On The Incident
The comedian hasn’t made any public comment about the slap. He confessed that he was still “processing” the fiasco.
“So, how was your weekend?” he asked a crowd in Boston while doing a stand-up gig.
“I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that… I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***. It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes,” he concluded.
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