Yeah, that might be an overreaction.
There is something intensely strange about where so much of the Oscars 2022 fallout is landing. In the wake of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on live TV, Amy Schumer has somehow emerged as one of the biggest villains coming out of the night and a lot of fans are apparently taking things way too far. According to Schumer, she’s received a ton of death threats in the wake of the evening, and they aren’t even because any of the things she’s said about the slap. Instead, people are allegedly threatening to kill Amy Schumer because of a silly Oscars night bit involving Kirsten Dunst.
On an episode of The Howard Stern Show airing yesterday (via Variety), Schumer said the threats are a result of a joke from the Oscars ceremony in which she pretended to think Kirsten Dunst was an anonymous seat filler and kicked her out of her seat. Fans thought the joke was disrespectful to Dunst, including those who are allegedly making threats. But Amy Schumer assured Stern and his listeners that the joke was completely planned and that Dunst was in on it. “Hey I appreciate the love for Kirsten Dunst,” Schumer said. “I love her too! Wouldn’t disrespect that queen like that.” She actually said that the targets of all of her jokes were warned beforehand, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who Schumer joked about dating younger women.
Amy Schumer said there have been so many death threats leveled against her since Oscars night, not only is the LAPD investigating, but she was contacted by the Secret Service. The comedian told Stern, “I was like, ‘I think you have the wrong number. It’s Amy, not Will.’” You can watch her talking to Stern about it below.
Schumer also addressed some other controversies that have surfaced since the Oscars ceremony. In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Amy Schumer said she was “traumatized and triggered” by the now infamous slap. The post gave the impression to some fans that the comedian was making the incident about her, but she tells Stern they misunderstood what she was saying. “I don’t think it was traumatizing for me,” Schumer clarified. “I think it was traumatizing for all of us.”
Likewise, she talked about criticism she received for a Las Vegas stand-up performance, when she told the audience she was going to deliver jokes that she was told she couldn’t tell at the Oscars. These included a joke about the tragic death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The offending 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.” Contrary to what she said during her bit, Amy Schumer now claims she was never going to make that joke during the ceremony. She said it was just one of many “evil horrible roast jokes that I can’t help [are] in my mind.” This is a bit tougher to swallow than her other explanations. Unless she simply wasn’t being truthful at all at the Las Vegas standup performance — which may be the case, not all standup material is meant to be taken as autobiography — then she was told she couldn’t tell the joke, which means she presumably screened the joke with someone from the Academy. So, she told them the joke in order to find out if she could tell it… because she didn’t want to tell it?