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Amy Schumer Proudly Shares a Trashed Joke From The Oscars That Should Have Stayed in the Bin

Amy, you really should have kept this one in the trash

Amy Schumer talking on the Oscars stage

Amy Schumer quickly went from someone who was genuinely kind of funny to a person that constantly says things that you just wish she wouldn’t—not in the sexist “female comedians should act like this” sort of way but rather in the “why must you consistently say terrible things and just pretend it is comedy?” kind of way. And the Oscars were a great example of how her humor doesn’t really work anymore.

The Oscars went from an okay ceremony to the talk of the town after what happened between Will Smith and Chris Rock and it is something that Amy Schumer has felt the need to make herself the center of, despite not being on stage or part of that segment of the show in any way!

At a recent comedy show at Las Vegas’ Mirage Theater, Schumer started her set with … quite the commentary on the slap. “I was kind of feeling myself … and then all of a sudden Ali was making his way up,” Schumer said (via The Hollywood Reporter). “And it was just a fucking bummer. All I can say is that it was really sad, and I think it says so much about toxic masculinity. It was really upsetting, but I think the best way to comfort ourselves would be for me to say the Oscar jokes that I wasn’t allowed to say on TV.”

And then as if that wasn’t bad enough, she relayed a joke that she wasn’t allowed to say on air at the Oscars and after reading it, we agree with the producers or whoever it was that nixed it because it should have stayed in the trash. “Don’t Look Up is the name of a movie? More like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun,” Schumer said. “I wasn’t allowed to say any of that [at the Oscars], but you can just come up and [slap] someone.”

Trash joke should have stayed in the trash

The joke that Schumer thought was so good the world just had to hear it was probably, in her mind, at the expense of Alec Baldwin. In reality, she was making light of a situation where brilliant cinematographer Halyna Hutchins lost her life because of unsafe working conditions on a Hollywood set. So poking fun at Baldwin is one thing but joking about this situation in the way that Amy Schumer did is gross on many levels.

So no wonder those involved refused to let her do the joke. But she just had to say it because “you can just come up and [slap] someone” but she can’t say a horrifically out of place and disgusting joke? Beyond that, her logic is so completely flawed because the entire week following the event has been all about what punishment people thought Will Smith deserved for doing so, culminating in him fully resigning from the Academy.

Amy Schumer is so worried about getting her horrible joke out into the world that she doesn’t care that her argument for it doesn’t make any sense to begin with. She’s not pushing boundaries with this joke, it’s objectively bad and those in power who trashed it were right to do so. Maybe next time, don’t go dumpster diving for jokes that people told you were garbage, Schumer.

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