Comedian Amy Schumer was the host of the 94th Academy Awards this year along with Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall.
The Oscars resumed the tradition of having hosts for the ceremony after a break of 3 years and in a first for the awards, they roped in not one, or two, but three hosts and that too all women.
The three women were on point with their humour and kept the event rolling smoothly, and when it did go off the rail, none of them could have done anything about it. We are of course, referring to Will Smith’s infamous slapping incident.
Now, Amy has come forth to talk about one joke that she wasn’t allowed to make during the ceremony.
Amy was criticized for her joke on Jesse Plemmons and Kirsten Dunst when she called Oscar nominee Kirsten Dunst a seat filler. While that did seem like a controversial joke and the audience at Dolby too were not sure if it was okay to laugh about it, Amy clarifies that both Jesse and Kirsten were in on that bit, so naturally there were no hard feelings there.
But the real controversy would have happened if Amy had told the joke she was told to strike off her script, which referred to the incident last year when actor Alec Baldwin fired what was supposedly a prop gun which somehow had live rounds and accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the sets of the movie ‘Rust’.
As per Amy, her original joke was: “Don’t Look Up is the name of a movie? More like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun.”
She added that she wasn’t allowed to say that, as that would have stirred up and caused an unnecessary controversy. She added, that, while she wasn’t allowed to make her joke, somebody just went up on stage and slapped someone. “I wasn’t allowed to say any of that, but you can just come up and (slap) someone,” concluded the actress.
The accidental shooting sparked a huge debate in Hollywood about safety standards and guidelines and it is likely that this was the main reason the producers of Oscars considered her joke insensitive for the awards night.
Earlier, when referring to the slapping incident, Amy posted what she thought of the incident on her Instagram. She wrote, “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. So much pain in @willsmith anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad.”