*deep existential sigh* Amy Schumer doesn’t miss an opportunity to make this about herself. The “this” being the Oscars, the whole situation with Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, and now a tasteless joke about Alec Baldwin and the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins on the Rust set.
And we kind of get it. “Kind of” being the key phrase. The Oscars was a huge opportunity for her. It would be a huge opportunity for anyone in the industry. And a history of joke stealing aside, some people really like Schumer. So, yes, this was a moment in her career that she would remember forever.
But that is no excuse for trying to make it about herself.
First, she did it with a now deleted Instagram post. She sold her show and said it was the best way to process the Will/Chris slap. Then she went on to say that she was “still triggered and traumatized” and how she was sickened by what she saw. Schumer, nice way of making something that had nothing to do with you…INTO SOMETHING ALL ABOUT YOU.
But maybe she was expressing her feelings. Maybe she has a past that this writer or others on the internet don’t know about that triggered her. The point remains that she took a situation, turned it around like the gods of white feminism were whispering in her ear, and made it about herself. And it only gets worse from there. Don’t you worry.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer went on to share some of the jokes that the Oscars wouldn’t let her share while feeling bad about herself and calling Will Smith “Ali,” making a reference to the 2001 film of the same name. Which, for Schumer, feels like a very thinly veiled microaggression against Smith.
But Schumer took it a step too far when she told the Las Vegas crowd she was performing for that her Don’t Look Up joke was supposed to say, “Don’t Look Up is the name of a movie, more like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun.” Oh, and a few seconds before she said, “my lawyer said not to say these.”
You should’ve paid attention to your lawyer, Amy Schumer. Because this wasn’t a joke. This was a disgusting jab at Halyna Hutchins and their family, who are still healing from the tragedy that was the death of their loved one. And it’s made worse by you having the audacity to think that any of us would find “comfort” in your words.
“Oh, but it was a joke!” you shout! Is it though? Is it really? If so, can you explain to everyone in the room how it’s funny? Because from where plenty of people are standing, this isn’t funny. It’s cruel. It’s attention-seeking. And it’s not funny at all. It’s weak-willed, disrespectful, and the kind of thing we shouldn’t be surprised by when it comes to Schumer but here we are. Again.