Comedian and mother-to-be Amy Schumer threw her fans for a loop during her comedy special Amy Schumer: Growing that dropped on Netflix this week by revealing that her husband, Chris Fischer, has autism.
As The Inquisitr reported a few days ago, Schumer has since elaborated on her decision to reveal her husband’s autism during her special. According to the 37-year-old, she really wanted autism to be viewed in a positive light. She, however, wanted it to be clear that her decision was not because she wanted people to think highly of her for marrying someone with autism.
“I think a lot of people resist getting diagnosed, even some of their children, because of the stigma that comes along with it, but you’re not just diagnosed and they throw you out,” the comedian explained during an episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Making a comedy skit about autism is a very fine line for Schumer to walk as there is no in between on how the autism community will view it. Fortunately for Amy, USA Today reports the big reveal during her comedy special was well-received by the autism community.
Molly Ola Pinney, the founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project, said autism hitting the headlines in any fashion is always great for those on the spectrum.
"And once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he's on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him," she said. "That's the truth." Via @CNN https://t.co/xjK6VcizAj— Autism Speaks (@autismspeaks) March 19, 2019
“[Schumer] saying there are adults with autism who are successful really might get more people to understand,” Molly added.
Pinney, however, did go on to clarify it was important to understand that not everyone on the spectrum has the same success story as Schumer’s husband.
In fact, an old report by The Washington Post revealed that somewhere between 70 and 90 percent of the autism community were unemployed or underemployed just three years ago.
Amy Schumer Revealed Her Husband Is On The Autistic Spectrum And Said It Made Her Fall In Love With Him https://t.co/woVSneVTlO— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) March 19, 2019
Zoe Gross, the director of operations for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, praised the comedian for not seeing her husband’s autism as something to be ashamed of.
“It’s really crucial that people are presented with this kind of idea, that autistic people are in loving relationships. You don’t see a lot of people talking about autistic adults in loving, caring relationships.”
Since the comedy special dropped on Netflix and Amy opened up about her decision to reveal her husband’s autism during the episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, Twitter has also lit up with members of the autism community showering the comedian with love, support, and praise.
Thank you, @amyschumer, for being so open about your husband being on the autism spectrum. Those on the spectrum have many wonderful qualities that go unrecognized— The Snake Charmers (@SnakeCharmers) March 23, 2019
& unappreciated. Knowing is understanding!
FWIW, most #ActuallyAutistic people I have seen on Twitter love what @amyschumer said. Also, good on Amy for showing that autistic and NT people can be compatible. People ask if I'd only date autistic people but I always say, I just want to date someone cool. https://t.co/2EgTYpDUkm— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) March 19, 2019
Some parents of children with autism praised Schumer for giving them hope that their children could one day grow up and find someone who loves them for who they are.
@amyschumer just read the article about your husband being on the spectrum, and as the father of 2 autistic children (it's like hitting the lottery), it gave me a little more hope in the future for them. Thank you.— Punch Comics (@JamesDuncanArt) March 19, 2019
Thank you so much to @amyschumer for bringing more awareness about autism spectrum disorder, and using all of the correct language. ???????? this exposure is so important to breaking down the unnecessary stigma— Taylor K Elkow (@TKElkow) March 23, 2019
Some individuals with autism also thanked the comedian for shining on a spotlight on how people on the spectrum could find someone to share their life with.
@amyschumer Knowing your husband is on spectrum with mild autism gives me hope :) I'm also mildy autistic and I'm engaged to a wonderful woman. Knowing that you love your husband for it and that your starting a family helps me know that I also have a chance or starting a family!— SpectrumFish (@spectrumfish) March 18, 2019
Amy Schumer: Growing is currently available for streaming through Netflix’s content library.