By Carly Wallace
In recent events, Amy Schumer, host of this year’s Oscars, had a gig at the Las Vegas Mirage Theater in which she opened up about jokes that didn’t make the Oscars cut. For those of you who don’t know who Amy Schumer is, she is an amazing American stand-up comedian and actress and very well-liked to say the least.
Amy obviously opened up about her reaction to “the slap” and how that made her feel, being the host at that time, which directed her perfectly into the joke her lawyer told her not to say which was about the tragic Rust shooting.
Which was: “’Don’t Look Up’ is the name of the movie? More like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun.” And the preceded the “joke” with, “I wasn’t allowed to say any of that [at the Oscars], but you can just come up and [slap] someone!”
Alec Baldwin’s incident is no joke to talk about. While on set of filming Rush, director Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on accident, as he was told the gun was safe and unloaded. More info on the story her: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/21/us/alec-baldwin-shooting-rust-movie.html
While hearing about this poor joke that Amy Schumer made and how she is now swallowing her words, I thought about the properties of networked publics.
- Persistence: What she said is sticking around because of the drama surrounding her decision to say a joke that is far from being funny. Just because she was telling a joke that she didn’t actually say at the Oscars, it’s still not something to joke about ever. Her name is now in a bad light because of the persistence social media has on this incident.
- Replicability: There are many articles about this event and her quote is posted many different times on many different platforms. Because replicability is available to users using social media, her words are everywhere and cannot be taken back.
- Scalability: Amy meant for those “untold Oscar jokes” to be told at her stand-up show in Las Vegas and didn’t expect her words to scale to a whole new dimension of viral.
Obviously being a well-known celebrity, she already should know that what she says is going to be discussed regardless of the quality of the joke. However, the power social media has over your actions is very strong. Even though this happened a few days ago, there are still articles being published about the event. She should have known better than to precede saying a joke that her lawyer told her not to say. She deserves the backlash she is facing, being a celebrity as well as having the common sense to not joke about a fatal incident is the perfect meal for social media to eat up.
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