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“The View” dressed a child as the “Oscars Slap” for Halloween, but emphasised that “We Do Not Want to Endorse Any Kind of Violence.”

The hosts of ABC’s “The View” dressed as iconic female television characters for Halloween this year (Whoopi Goldberg was June from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Joy Behar was Peggy Bundy from “Married… with Children,” etc.), but different costume on the show is garnering the most attention. During a section in which children donned costumes inspired by the “Hot Topics” segment of the talk show, a young boy costumed as the Oscars slap was introduced. The child’s costume consisted of a gold bodysuit and a handprint put on his face in imitation of Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock.

Ashley Alderfer Kaufman, who acts as wardrobe supervisor on “The View,” hosted the program. As the costume was presented, Kaufman reminded the audience, “We do not want to condone any form of violence, but we couldn’t stop talking about one of the hottest themes of the year.”

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The “Oscars slap” outfit surprised spectators, many of whom criticized the decision on social media. One observer deemed the costume to be “in poor taste,” while another remarked, “It’s hard to keep up with everything, but the red handprint on one’s face is the symbol for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. “It’s unfortunate that nobody flagged this outfit idea in advance.”

Children dressed as the Mar-a-Lago raid (a child with a Donald Trump wig dressed as a toilet flushing FBI documents) and inflation also appeared during the episode (a kid wearing an inflatable car dealership costume with money glued on it).

During the episodes of “The View” that aired in March following the incident, Goldberg, an Oscar winner, and longtime Academy member, stated that Smith’s decision to slap Chris Rock was “not appropriate.” She stated at the time, “I believe he responded excessively. I believe he had one of those moments in which he thought, Damn it, just stop. Under pressure, not everyone behaves as we would like them to behave. And he lost it.”

“We will not take that Oscar away from him,” Goldberg said at the time. Without a doubt, there will be consequences.

The Academy did not revoke Smith’s award for best actor, but it did suspend his membership for ten years. View the complete portion of “The View” in the video provided below.