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Amy Schumer Says She Was “Traumatized” By Will Smith’s Oscars Slap
Amy Schumer has shared her perspective on the shocking events of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, where Will Smith smacked Chris Rock during the ceremony.
Big names throughout Hollywood and the wider entertainment industry have weighed in on the controversy, which the Academy officially condemned on Monday.
The organisation also announced it was launching a formal review into the incident, which could lead to consequences for Smith including suspension or expulsion from the Academy.
Now Schumer, who co-hosted the event alongside Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, has given her response to the altercation in a post on Instagram.
“I think we can all agree that the best way to unpack what happened is to stream by series #lifeandbethhulu and see me on tour this fall,” she joked before taking a more serious tone.
“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.” She added, “So much pain in @willsmith anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad.”
“I’m proud of myself and my cohorts. But yeah. Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”
The incident occurred after Rock made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada. Referencing her shaved head and suggesting she would star in G.I. Jane 2, Smith suddenly took to the stage to hit Rock across the face before yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!”
Smith went on to claim the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard. Taking to the stage for the second time that night, the 53-year-old apologised to the Academy and his fellow nominees, stating, “Love will make you do crazy things.”
Apologising to Rock in a public statement issued yesterday, Smith called his behaviour “unacceptable and inexcusable”, adding, “I was out of line and I was wrong.”
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