Will Smith’s attack on Chris Rock has prompted the comedian and Oscars co-host to express her views.
Amy Schumer, the Oscars co-host, has spoken out over Will Smith’s physical attack on Chris Rock during the Academy Awards event on Sunday night. Schumer said she’s “still triggered and traumatized” by the incident and is “waiting for this awful feeling to go away from what we all watched” in an Instagram post on Tuesday. The comedian also stated she thought Chris Rock, another stand-up comedian, handled the situation “like a pro.”
Along with Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, Schumer hosted the Oscars. When comedian Chris Rock took the stage to deliver the Best Documentary Feature award, he deviated from the script and joked about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her shaved head. (Alopecia is a medical disorder that causes hair loss in the actress.) Smith stepped up to the stage and slapped Rock after initially laughing at the joke. “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—-ing mouth,” he said as he returned to his seat.
Smith won Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard less than an hour after the altercation. Smith apologized to the Academy and attempted to explain his behavior during his acceptance speech, saying, “Love will make you do crazy things,” but he did not mention Rock by name.
Smith apologized to Rock on his Instagram account on Monday. Smith wrote, “I’d like to openly apologize to you, Chris.” “I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m embarrassed, and my actions do not reflect the guy I aspire to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and peace.”
According to a statement from the institution, the Academy has initiated an investigation into the matter to “consider additional action and consequences.”
Although Rock has kept silent on the subject, the Los Angeles Police Department has verified that he will not be filing charges.