Amy Schumer calls Will Smith ‘Ali,’ says Oscars slap was about ‘toxic masculinity’

Amy Schumer thinks Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars was a “f–king bummer” and all about “toxic masculinity.”

During her first appearance since hosting the Oscars, Schumer said she didn’t know what to say about the awards show other than she had no jokes about it.

“I was kind of feeling myself … and then all of a sudden Ali was making his way up,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, referring to Smith’s role in the 2001 film in which he played boxer Muhammad Ali.

“And it was just af–king bummer,” she said Saturday at Las Vegas’ Mirage Theater as part of the Aces of Comedy series. “All I can say is that it was really sad, and I think it says so much about toxic masculinity.”

Schumer — who has praised Rock for handling the situation “like a pro” — told the crowd that the ordeal was “really upsetting.”

Amy Schumer poses on the red carpet;  Muhammad Ali and Will Smith pose for photos
Amy Schumer calls Will Smith “[Muhammad] Ali” and says his slap of Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars was about “toxic masculinity.”

“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,” she quipped, explaining that her lawyer urged her to cut a line about James Franco’s sexual assault allegations and another about the fatal shooting of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

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

Chris Rock and Amy Schumer at an event in 2018
Schumer, who co-hosted the 94th Academy Awards, said she was “kind of feeling myself … and then all of a sudden Ali was making his way up.”
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Though Saturday was her first time addressing the slap heard ’round the world in front of a live audience, Schumer, 40, has spoken about the now-infamous moment since it happened.

In an Instagram statement three days after the March 27 show, the “Trainwreck” star said she was “still triggered and traumatized,” adding that Smith must have “so much pain” inside for him to react the way that he did.

Smith smacked Rock for making a bald joke aimed at the former’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.

The remark prompted the 53-year-old “King Richard” star to charge the stage and then shout from his seat, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”

In the moment, however, Schumer attempted to defuse the tension, telling the audience, “I’ve been getting out of the Spider-Man costume. Did I miss anything?” after having flown around the Dolby Theater dressed as the superhero. “There’s, like, a different vibe in here. Probably not. Well, anyway!”

Chris Rock stands stunned onstage after Will Smith slapped him at the 2022 Oscars
“All I can say is that it was really sad, and I think it says so much about toxic masculinity,” she said of the onstage shocker.
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Smith has since apologized to Rock and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is still investigating the situation and will decide whether there will be more consequences for the actor.

Many of his projects have also reportedly been put on hold due to the incident.


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