Kirsten Dunst standing off to the side at the Oscars

Things We Saw Today: Fans Are Rightfully Mad at Amy Schumer for Calling Kirsten Dunst a Seat Filler

One of the hardest-working actresses in Hollywood is Kirsten Dunst. With a career spanning over 30 years, she’s amassed fame and recognition by fans for her work, but somehow this year was the first time she has been nominated for an Academy Award. While she didn’t win Best Supporting Actress for her excellent turn in The Power of the Dog, she still was nominated and it was a big deal!

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So for Amy Schumer to make a joke about her being a seat filler wasn’t exactly what fans had in mind. The joke was just Schumer explaining what a seat filler does and it seemed, at the top, she was saying that she herself was a seat filler, but then when Jesse Plemons (who was also nominated for his work in The Power of the Dog) pointed out that Dunst was his partner, Schumer said: “You’re married to that seat filler?”

Sure, Dunst is arguably more famous than Plemons and the joke here is that Schumer doesn’t know Dunst, but when you have a career spanning decades and many applauded roles and this is your first Oscar, it’s a bit disrespectful to be called a “seat filler” for a cheap shot.

Twitter reacted in defense of Dunst and rightfully called out how bad the joke was and how it wasn’t one that should have been directed at the actress.

The joke wasn’t funny enough to warrant shading Kirsten Dunst like this the night she finally was recognized by the Academy for her work.

(image: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Here are some other stories we saw out there today:

  • Michael Che is likely leaving Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. (via HuffPost)
  • The Batman is now the highest-grossing outing for the Dark Knight in the DCEU (via CBR)
  • Merch gives us a look at Chris Hemsworth’s new look in Thor: Love and Thunder (via Gizmodo)
  • Dune took home six Oscars last night! (via CBR)
  • Orlando Pride plays slam Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” measure (via HuffPost)

Anything we missed today, Mary Suevians? Let us know what you saw in the comments below.


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