As one of three co-hosts of the 94th Academy Awards, alongside Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, comedian Amy Schumer was throwing all-in-fun jokes left and right at everyone from Timothée Chalamet to Will Smith. But it was a jibe about Chalamet's Don't Look Up co-star Jennifer Lawrence that had fans fuming.
In her opening monologue for the show, Schumer talked about the Oscars Best Picture nominee, saying: “Don’t Look Up is nominated. I guess Academy Members ‘don’t look up’ reviews."
She continued: "Wait a minute—I loved that movie. Jennifer Lawrence was amazing in it, even though she did gain some weight this year.”
Lawrence was not in attendance at last night's ceremony and has skipped out on the majority of the awards-season circuit because she recently welcomed her first child with her art-gallerist husband Cooke Maroney in February 2022.
Schumer's joke was in reference to Lawrence's pregnancy, but many fans took it as a body-shaming attack on the actress's weight.
Amy schumer’s joke about Jennifer Lawrence gaining weight = 👎🏻It’s 2022, I thought we had moved away from jokes commenting on women’s bodies ?? #OscarsMarch 28, 2022
why did amy schumer just make a comment about jennifer lawrence's weight like it was nothing pic.twitter.com/2gllUovuS8March 28, 2022
jennifer lawrence just had a baby AND came back from a break from the industry because of her struggles. amy schumer’s “joke” was gross and i can’t believe it got approved by multiple people and made it on airMarch 28, 2022
wtf not amy schumer shaming jennifer lawrence?? it’s 2022 and we are still making jokes about womens weight? what the actual fuck.March 28, 2022
However, others were quick to point out that Schumer and Lawrence are longtime best friends, making her jest against the Hunger Games actress more of a playful inside joke between buddies than Chris Rock's later wisecrack about Will Smith's wife, which sparked the slap heard around the world.
The actresses first met back in 2015 and quickly hit it off, with Lawrence telling The New York Times (opens in new tab): "I emailed [Amy] after I saw Trainwreck and said, 'I don't know where to get started. I guess I should just say it: I'm in love with you.' We started emailing, and then emailing turned to texting."
The fast friends were working on a screenplay together where they would play sisters and became so intertwined in popular culture that Lawrence once told Seth Meyers (opens in new tab): "I feel like Brad Pitt being asked about Angelina. I get asked about Amy on all of these press tours, more than anything, which is great because endorphins get released in my brain whenever I talk about her!"
It's safe to say Jen won't be smacking Amy anytime soon over this one.
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life.
More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
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