Actress Amy Schumer said that she was made fun of when she said that the now-infamous Oscars slap was “traumatizing.”
On Wednesday, the “Inside Amy Schumer” star appeared on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” to talk about people’s reactions to the slap. Amy had been hosting the ceremony along with Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
On Sunday, March 27, at the 94th annual Academy Awards, Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith and her hair loss condition, alopecia, by comparing her to “G.I. Jane.” Although he initially laughed at the joke, the “King Richard” actor stormed the stage, slapped Rock, then took his seat, and yelled “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth” twice.
Controversy has resulted from whether or not Will Smith should have been escorted out of the room, whether he should be allowed to keep his first-ever Best Actor Oscar, and whether or not Amy was correct in calling the slap “traumatizing.”
Amy Schumer Clarifies Her ‘Traumatizing’ Oscars Comments
During the interview, which was transcribed by E! News, the “Trainwreck” star said, “People made fun of me for saying that was traumatizing, but I don’t think it was traumatizing for me. I think it was traumatizing for all of us.”
She called the moment “so upsetting” because she is good friends with Chris Rock and Questlove, who had to go on stage to accept his award for Best Documentary right after the slap occurred.
“Chris Rock is my good friend, like one of my best friends and Questlove is also one of my best friends,” she explained. “And so, to see that happen, to see your friend get hit… and then and also Will Smith—who I’ve loved and we’ve all loved forever—like I’ve I don’t remember a time I didn’t think, ‘I love that guy. I haven’t been around much violence. I didn’t grow up with it in the home or anything. It was shocking. And it was a bummer.”
Shortly after the slap occurred, Amy took to Instagram to say that she was “triggered and traumatized by the slap. She added, “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.”
But that’s not the only Oscars controversy that Amy Schumer has been involved in lately.
Amy Schumer Insists That She Didn’t Steal THAT Leonardo DiCaprio Joke
During the controversial Oscar ceremony, Amy joked about “Don’t Look Up” star and climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who seems to have a penchant for dating younger women. “He has done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends,” she joked at the star-studded awards ceremony.
However, many fans were quick to point out that the joke was nearly identical to a tweet posted by Nicole Conlan on December 23, 2021. Nicole’s tweet reads, “Leonardo DiCaprio is so passionate about climate change because he wants to leave a better word for his girlfriends.”
Leonardo DiCaprio is so passionate about climate change because he wants to leave a better word for his girlfriends
— Pjörk🐷 (@NicoleConlan) December 23, 2021
During a recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen, Amy said that the similarities in the jokes were a coincidence and denied that she had stolen the joke from the viral tweet. “I’m funny enough,” she told Cohen. “I don’t need to steal s—.”
Although she has been accused of stealing jokes in the past, Amy said that she doesn’t steal jokes. Her proof? She doesn’t even go on Twitter.
“Well, I would like to say, I haven’t personally been on Twitter,” she said. “I’ve had my assistant do it, just so I can remain alive and not kill myself. And, also, that joke was written by Suli McCullough.”
“But I thank you guys, always, for making sure that I don’t start thievery,” she added.
Fans can check out the full video below.