The 2022 Oscars slap is set to become the most epic moment of the Academy Awards ever. Not only are Will Smith and Chris Rock the stuff of memes now, but they have also led to much more important conversations that might clear the stance of Hollywood on visible violence and spineless applauders.
The co-hosts from the event have come forward explaining what the night really was like, how they are still struggling to come to terms with what happened on the stage that day, and all the off-key jokes that were not supposed to be a part of the event.
Amy Schumer, one of the co-hosts that night, now once again opened about more unrevealed details of the night. During her first appearance after the fated night of the awards, the comic once again talked about the terrible blow that Will Smith delivered to Chris Rock that night in front of an elite audience on stage.
In her standup show at the Mirage Theater in Las Vegas, Schumer revisited the night of the 94th Academy Awards. Joking about the whole situation, she said that was enjoying her vibe as the co-host. And then, things turned dark as Ali ( referring to Will Smith's Oscar-nominated role for the character of Muhammad Ali in the 2002 historical drama film ) walked over to the stage.
Needless to say, the slap was a horrible vibe-killer for the comedian.
Schumer shared that the slap can be seen as a hurtful projection of toxic masculinity and, of course, was a sad turn of events for Rock. However, she decided to reveal a joke of a similar bad taste, sharing that she was not allowed to say it on national television amidst the global broadcast and streaming.
The joke that couldn't make it to the stage of the Oscars included a job at Joe Rogan and James Franco for the surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct. The comedian also managed to draw up a little laugh for her joke on Alec Baldwin and his shooting misfortune on the sets of Rust.
Her joke included a mention of Don't Look Up, the movie, and she quipped that it would be better if you didn't look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin's gun. She explained that she was not allowed to say the jokes onstage, but now that people can up and slap a performer, it doesn't matter anymore.
The joke was actually in poor taste considering that an actual life had been lost due to the tragedy. Last year in October during the filming of Rust, Alec Baldwin was in the middle of shooting a scene with a gun. Unknown to anyone on set, the gun had live ammunition that killed Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer on the sets.
The gunfire also wounded the director of the film, Joel Souza. The actor was assured that the gun was either cold or not loaded, and yet he maintained in his claims that he did not pull the trigger on the shotgun.
The family of the deceased sued Alec Baldwin and the team of the film in February for the wrongful death of Halyna Hutchins. They claimed that Baldwin and the crew on the set were responsible for ensuring the safety of the people on set and that the death of the cinematographer was based on a senseless and tragic mistake.
Hutchins has left behind her family, including her husband, Matthew, and a nine-year-old son, Andros, who together registered the lawsuit against the actor and the film production crew. The lawsuit calls out the careless, intentionally negligent, ignorant, and slack behavior of the crew on set. The family is hoping for both compensation and punishment for the ones responsible.
On the other hand, the lawyer of the defending side for Alec Baldwin and the production crew is adamant that any claims of reckless behavior against the actor are not true. The lawyer claimed that the producers and the actors are similarly affected by the tragedy and the death of Hutchins and that their thoughts are with her family.
The lawyer also revealed that the team is cooperating with the authorities for a thorough investigation into the case. They were also trying to find how the sets of Rust first came to house live gun rounds.
Apart from the recent take on the Will Smith and Chris Rock slap, Schumer had already revealed what it was like to witness the senseless act of violence as the host of the show. Two days after the unfortunate event, the comic said that she was still trying to process what had happened and was very much in shock and terror.
She appreciated her co-hosts and herself for the work they did on the stage that day and the way they managed the situation. In a now-deleted Instagram post, she claimed that she was still traumatized from the event and that she is waiting to feel better again.
While the Oscars are still being called out for not being strict and thorough with Will Smith after his brazen behavior, the King Richard actor has himself resigned from the Academy. On the other hand, the Academy is investigating the incident further.
The entire thing is subject to the laws of the awards show organization, which will include procedures meant for suspension, expulsion, or other allowed methods as a just punishment for the Oscar Winner.