Amy Schumer is “still triggered and traumatized” by Will Smith slapping Chris Rock across the face Sunday night.
The 2022 Oscars co-host, who served alongside Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall, addressed the now-infamous slap on Instagram early Wednesday by starting out with a joke promoting her new Hulu show but transitioned to supporting Rock.
“I think we can all agree that the best way to unpack what happened is to stream my series @lifeandbethhulu and see me on tour this fall. But for real,” Schumer began.
“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.”
The “Trainwreck” star, 40, said she feels Smith must have “so much pain” inside for him to react that way, and she is still reeling over what happened.
“I’m still in shock and stunned and sad,” she ended her note. “Im [sic] proud of myself and my cohosts. But yeah. Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”
The statement is a far cry from the joke Schumer made directly after the shocking incident, which was a must-do to dissipate the extreme tension.
Amy Schumer is “still triggered and traumatized” by Will Smith’s Oscars slap.FilmMagic
The “King Richard” star attacked Rock over a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith being bald.REUTERS
“I’ve been getting out of the Spider-Man costume. Did I miss anything?” the comic questioned sarcastically, receiving laughter from the audience and kudos from fellow stand-up star Tiffany Haddish after flying around the theater while dressed as the superhero.
“There’s, like, a different vibe in here. Probably not. Well, anyway!” she added before moving on to jokingly call Kirsten Dunst a “seat filler,” which caused its own separate controversy that she — for whatever reason — needed to address.
Smith, 53, publicly apologized to Rock, 57, via a Notes app statement the next day.
“I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be,” he wrote in part. “There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”