Amy Schumer isn’t a racist — she’s a comedian, the Inside Amy Schumer star says. Her response is to an article published by the Guardian, which dissects Amy’s comedic style, and takes several pot shots at some of Schumer’s more questionable sets. But, according to the Wrap, the 34-year-old comedian posted a response on Twitter to set the record straight that she is, and always will be, against racism.
“I go in and out of playing the irreverent idiot,” Amy wrote in response to the Guardian’s racism comment. “That includes making dumb jokes involving race. I enjoy playing the girl who time to time says the dumbest thing possible, and playing with race is a thing we are not supposed to do, which is what makes it so fun for comics,” continuing that her jokes are just that — funny commentary on life that don’t necessarily reflect what she really thinks, especially on the subject of racism.
The article, although lauding Amy Schumer’s comedic style, said she has a “shockingly large blind spot around race,” as evidenced by her “lacklustre stint hosting the MTV Movie awards (a rare misstep) featured lazy jokes about Latina women being ‘crazy’ that left Jennifer Lopez as unimpressed as the online commentariat.”
The Guardian also accuses Amy of delving into racism and “into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point” during Schumer’s stand-up shows, reports Vulture.
“Her standup special features jokes like, ‘Nothing works 100 [percent] of the time, except Mexicans’ and much of her character’s dumb slut persona is predicated on the fact that the men she sleeps with are people of color. ‘I used to date Latino guys,’ she says in an older stand-up routine. ‘Now I prefer consensual,’ ” the article details.
Schumer’s response to her accusers asserts that she doesn’t plan on changing: “I am not going to start joking about safe material. And don’t ask that of me. I love what I do and I won’t let anyone take that away.” As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Amy was recently offered — and turned down — a job replacing Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
However, Vulture points out that Amy herself admitted she had some racial blind spots: “The irony is that Schumer has previously admitted to having racial blind spots. In a recent roundtable, she told Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez and Black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross, ‘I never thought how bad it could be for you guys until I had a TV show and we had to do auditions.’ ”
“Trust me. I am not racist. I am a devout feminist and lover of all people,” Amy Schumer continued in response to the racism accusation. “My fight is for all people to be treated equally. So move on to the next person who is more deserving of your scrutiny and not the girl in your corner.”
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