For a little Monday Morning Inspiration, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on why Amy Schumer is so dang fantastic. You may know her as a stand up comic or from her Comedy Central series, “Inside Amy Schumer.” What you may not know is that Schumer is one of the most successful feminist voices today. Though her show appears on a channel with a mainly male demographic and broadcasts programming like that total bro who lives above you’s fave, “Tosh.0,” Schumer is not afraid to unapologetically use her comedy to depict many experiences women face. I watch her show constantly relieved to see her in situations I questioned whether or not anyone else went through. Take her sketch on late night texting for example. Sometimes all you want in life is for someone to tell you what your remotes do and let you know you’re safe in your own home. Ever wondered where the female equivalent to Hooters is? Amy’s got your back.
This week to publicize the new season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” she released a music video in which she, with a little help from Amber Rose, Jemima Kirke, and Amber Tamblyn, brings the focus to society and culture’s current favorite body part, the rear. It’s rude, crude, socially unacceptable, and its also a powerful reminder that women’s bodies are not meant to be seen as single parts whose single use is to please the male gaze.
In one of Schumer’s more controversial sketches, she decides to try her hand at her boyfriend’s military video game. Her female character never makes to the front line because she is sexually assaulted in the barracks and spends the rest of the game dealing with the consequences of reporting the crime. Schumer isn’t making light of a serious topic, she’s using the platform and talents she’s been given to bring serious not often discussed topics to people’s attention.
Earlier this year a critic responded to the trailer for Schumer’s new movie, “Trainwreck,”
saying she wasn’t leading lady material and better suited to play “Jennifer Aniston’s somewhat heavier, not-as-lucky, sister who watches a lot of TV and should probably work out more.” But that didn’t bring down Amy Schumer. She quickly responded tweeting a photo of herself saying “I’m a size six and I have no plans of changing.” With that she proved, the only person Amy Schumer needs validation from is Amy Schumer. That’s an attitude we could all learn from.
Amy Schumer oozes confidence and is able to get men to laugh alongside women about things often thought of as “women’s issues.” That’s getting somewhere. I want to close with a quote from her brilliant speech last years Gloria Awards and Gala.
I am a woman with thoughts and questions and stuff to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will...I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself.