Amy Schumer Says Will Smith's Slap Was Because Of 'Toxic Masculinity'

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Amy Schumer Says Will Smith's Slap Was Because Of 'Toxic Masculinity'

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Amy Schumer has spoken out about Will Smith's altercation with Chris Rock at the Oscars, again.

Smith slapping Rock after he made a 'GI Jane 2' joke about Jada Pinkett Smith didn't take long to become the most spoken about moment of the 94th Academy Awards.

While Smith has since publicly apologised for his reaction to both the Academy and Rock, many celebrities have been left divided in whether or not they support the actor - who took home the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard.

Having previously stated that she was 'triggered and traumatised' by the slap, stand-up comedian and actor Schumer has addressed the controversy once again at her sold out stand-up show at Las Vegas’ Mirage Theatre on Saturday, 2 April.

Actor and comedian Amy Schumer. Credit: Alamy
Actor and comedian Amy Schumer. Credit: Alamy

Schumer explained that she was still processing the events which unfolded at the Oscars and didn't really 'know what to say,' coming up dry with 'no jokes about it,' as per Hollywood Reporter.

Referring to Smith's role as Cassius Clay in 2001 film Ali, the comedian said: “I was kind of feeling myself … and then all of a sudden Ali was making his way up.

“And it was just a f***ing 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.”

Schumer went on to detail some of the lines she didn't get to say at the awards, such as a quip about the accident which occurred on the set of Rust which saw Alec Baldwin accidentally fire a loaded prop gun, resulting in the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Schumer said: "Don’t Look Up is the name of a movie, more like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun.

“I wasn’t allowed to say any of that but you can just come up and [clock] someone.”

Schumer previously took to Instagram in a since-deleted post to stand up for her 'friend' Rock.

She stated that she thought the presenter 'handled it [the altercation] like a pro,' and called the whole incident 'disturbing'.

She said: "So much pain in [Will Smith], anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad. 

“I’m proud of myself and my co-hosts. But yeah. Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.” 

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Topics: Celebrity, Will Smith, Oscars, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock

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