‘The View’ under fire for child wearing ‘Oscars slap’ Halloween costume – National – Reuters

Everyone loves a Halloween costume that references a recent moment in pop culture, but a child’s costume on View left the audience feeling a sting.

During a segment titled “Worthy Halloween Costumes: BOO Are You Wearing in 2022?” a child dressed as the infamous Oscars slapper Will Smith-Chris Rock appeared in a gold morph suit with a handprint painted red on his face.

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View the hosts — all of whom were also dressed in costumes — brought in the program’s wardrobe supervisor, Ashley Alderfer Kaufman, to introduce each costume in the segment.

“We don’t want to condone violence of any kind, but we couldn’t help but talk about one of the hottest topics this year,” she said as the child posed awkwardly in front of the hosts. “So we have our interpretation. We have an Oscars statue, we call it “The Oscars Slap,” and it has red paint on the statue.

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Other costumes in the segment include Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago raid (a child dressed as a former president, wearing a fake toilet with “emptied” confidential documents) and an inflation costume (a child in an outfit inflatable covered in $100 bills).

At the Oscars in March, Rock made a G.I. Jane joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith took the stage from his front row seat and swung Rock with an open palm, generating a loud slap. Smith returned to his seat and yelled at Rock to “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!”

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Moment: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on stage after Oscars joke about wife’s hairstyle

The incident quickly became one of the hottest entertainment moments of 2022.

Smith later apologized for slapping Rock. He was banned from the Oscars for 10 years.

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On Twitter, several fans of View expressed their distaste for the Slap Oscars costume.

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Several Twitter users also criticized View for the costume’s red handprint, as such a mark is commonly associated with missing and murdered Indigenous women.

In 2014, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported that more than 1,200 Indigenous women had been reported missing or murdered in Canada between 1980 and 2012. The Assembly of First Nations affirmed 16 percent of all homicide victims in Canada are Aboriginal women.

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This weekend, Saturday Night Live also slapped the Oscars suitwhere comedian Devon Walker dressed up as Rock, with a handprint stuck on his face.

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‘The View’ under fire for child wearing ‘Oscars slap’ Halloween costume – National – Reuters