Amy Schumer became fast friends with Jennifer Lawrence, beginning with a 2015 vacation, and it seems the two entertainers now have even more to help them bond, following recent altercations in which each of the women came out looking a little less polished. For Lawrence, a press conference in which the Joy actress called out a foreign reporter and publicly belittled him raised an internet firestorm with many one-time fans taking exception to Jennifer for how she handled the situation. Now, Amy Schumer has come under fire, not once, but twice. While Schumer spent much of the week defending herself against accusations that she has been stealing jokes, she has also been criticized for her response to a film critic’s joke about her sexuality.
Is Trainwreck star Amy Schumer a hypocrite or was she the injured party?
The incident followed the Critic’s Choice Awards, during which Amy Schumer posed for a picture with 17-year-old film critic Jackson Murphy. Murphy runs a blog, which is called Lights, Camera, Jackson, but the photo was tweeted to Murphy’s social media followers.
“Spent the night with @amyschumer. Certainly not the first guy to write that,” the film critic captioned the photo.
Amy Schumer saw the tweet and was quick to fire back at the teenager.
“I get it. Cause I’m a wh*re? Glad I took a photo with you. Hi to your dad.”
It seems Schumer remembered meeting the boy and his father, because Jackson’s apology was responded with a similar sentiment by Amy.
“That’s really okay honey. I just remember thinking you and your dad were sweet and it was a bummer to read that.”
That’s it. A simple misunderstanding, except that more critics are now attacking Amy for what appears to be a double standard. While some do side with Schumer and argue that the teen film critic should have known better, others point out that Schumer’s own stand-up routines are filled with raunchy jokes about her own sexuality far worse than anything Jackson Murphy wrote on Twitter.
Amy Schumer has built a reputation on joking about her sex life, and even a recent HBO special featured the comedian adding to “her signature brand of raunchy jokes, mostly about getting laid.”
She has also done stand-up routines about having sex with a taxi driver, getting herpes from a one-night stand, and Schumer has also joked with her Twitter followers about having “seasonal slut disorder.”
“During winter months, twice a week I need to sit under a sun lamp and f— a stranger.”
In light of these explicit jokes and comedy routines, it doesn’t seem that Mr. Murphy was as out of line as Amy implied with her Twitter response. We all learn from a young age that the world will judge us and respond to us based on how we present ourselves.
In his apology, Jackson himself commented that he thought Schumer would find his initial comment funny, considering her own brand of humor.
Tammy Pescatelli apologizes to Amy Schumer for accusing her of stealing Trainwreck joke
Ms. Pescatelli used Twitter to publicly accuse Amy of stealing a joke she had written in 2006, saying that the joke was used by Amy in last year’s Trainwreck, but she has just as quickly apologized to her fellow comedian. Tammy offered the apology over the air, when she appeared as a guest star on Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius XM’s Opie Radio.
Following the release of Trainwreck, a video compilation was created by a fan, outlining the similarity between Tammy’s gag and the one written into the film by Amy herself. The response from fans prompted a conversation between Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, and Pescatelli, which in turn compelled Tammy to respond to the allegations that Schumer had stolen her material.
“It is probably parallel thinking, that does happen,” said Ms. Pescatelli, suggesting that the similar jokes were most likely a mere coincidence. “She has every right to be mad.”
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