7 times Amy Schumer Shut Down Body Shamers
Amy Schumer has managed to do what the entertainment industry considered impossible. She’s been consistently funny, relevant, and feminist — in the same space! She’s established herself as a standard for humour that’s actually funny. However, what she’s also doing while being hilarious, is creating space for the discussion of the double standards that women, both in the entertainment industry and otherwise, face. The most insidious way this is propagated is through body shaming, a practice of telling women that they just can’t be good enough. Here are ten examples of Amy kicking some body shaming butt and reminding women that they are, in fact, creators of their own worth.
1. “I’m not going to apologize for who I am…I’m going to actually love the skin that I’m in. And I’m not going to be striving for some other version of myself.”
2. Inside Amy Schumer is a comedy sketch show created, written, and brought to life by Amy. Hilarious, irreverent, and caustic, it leaves the viewer amused and uncomfortable. Our favourite sketch? 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer. While referring to dildos, Paul Giamatti’s character says, “Why even make those things… Women don’t need orgasms, that’s science.”
4. During the 2014 Gloria Awards and Gala, Schumer made this proclamation:
“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love, and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. 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.”
5. Jeffrey Wells said, “With Trainwreck, director Judd Apatow is once again introducing a chubby, whipsmart, not conventionally attractive, neurotically bothered female comic to a mass audience — first Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, then Lena Dunham in HBO’s Girls and now Amy Schumer.” Schumer tweeted:
6. Work it, Amy!
7. Boy bands, and pop music, in general, have a nasty propensity towards reminding women that perfection stems from validation, and not self-worth. This parody has Schumer calling out vastly popular band, One Direction, on the same, with absolutely hilarious results!
What’s not to love about this woman? Even Gloria Steinem has high praise for Schumer, whose movie Trainwreck she loved. We may not have as many female comics as we’d like, to whom we can turn for a good laugh and a self-reflexive cringe, but we know Schumer and her ilk are changing all of that, while at the same time striking at the roots of ‘tradition’ that tell women they can’t be funny.