Having three feminine comedians — Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall — co-host the 2022 Oscars was meant to carry a contemporary take to the 94th Academy Awards.
But detractors say that “sexist” and “creepy” jokes endured — with some questioning how Will Smith’s notorious “slap” of presenter Chris Rock was any worse.
Hall started making jokes about being on the hunt for a person from the start of the night time however shortly escalated issues with a skit that apparently left many within the viewers — and at house — feeling uncomfortable.
Nearly half-hour into the stay broadcast Sunday night time, the “Girls Trip” actress pretended she’d been alerted to worrisome COVID exams among the many viewers members and wanted a number of stars to step backstage together with her.
The 51-year-old comedian then known as a bunch of apparently single actors — Simu Liu, Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry and Timothée Chalamet — as much as the stage.
“I don’t want any of you to worry. It’s gonna be a typical, quick COVID test. You’ll come backstage, take your mask off, if you have one, and your clothes … ” she joked to the lads, specifying that she would want to “swab the back of your mouth with my tongue” and “do some other freaky stuff.”
She additionally named Jacob Elordi, teasing that he would want a “deep PCR test” and noting that the 24-year-old Australian actor is of “legal” age, regardless of enjoying a highschool boy in his breakout function in “Euphoria.”
After ushering her lineup of single stars backstage, Hall continued her controversial skit by giving a suggestive, full-body “COVID pat-down” to the subsequent two presenters, Josh Brolin and newly single Jason Mamoa.
“You know what? I don’t think that’s a thing,” Brolin stated after they had been awkwardly felt up.
The males appeared to simply accept or had been in on the joke, however some celebrities within the viewers appeared to supply uncomfortable laughs. Lupita Nyong’o, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain and Mila Kunis had been proven chuckling, however Ashton Kutcher and others appeared noticeably bowled over by the routine.
While Smith’s onstage altercation with Rock created an avalanche of headlines and appeared to overshadow Hall’s skits, many viewers took to social media to precise their discomfort together with her jokes.
“I thought sexist jokes were banned!” one tweeter noted, whereas another offered, “I don’t appreciate double standards. Doesn’t everyone deserve respect,”
“If this ‘gag’ was reversed it would not be funny it would be creepy,” an online critic wrote. “Not in good taste.” Another offered: “Honestly double standards need to stop, she made me mad uncomfortable, imagine how they felt.”
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However, not everybody was offended by Hall’s jokes, and a few followers still flooded social media with love and laughs for the comedic actress.
Drama apart, the 2022 Oscars had been meant to be an evening of unity as producer Will Packer led the primary all-black manufacturing staff, and Schumer, Sykes and Hall made historical past as the primary all-female staff to host the occasion, which featured historic wins.