Published On: Mon, Jun 29th, 2015

Amy Schumer: ‘I Am Not a Racist’


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Amy Schumer wants everyone to know that she is not a racist. The star of the upcoming comedy “Trainwreck” took to Twitter to refute such an allegation made against her by the Guardian.

A picture of text read, “I am a comic. I am so glad more people are laughing at me and with me all of a sudden. I will joke about things you like, and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with. And that’s OK. Stick with me and trust I am joking.”

“I go in and out of playing an irreverent idiot. 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.”

The Guardian wrote about her, “For such a keen observer of social norms and an effective satirist of the ways gender is complicated by them, Schumer has a shockingly large blind spot around race. 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. … Schumer’s stand-up repeatedly delves into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point. … 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.”

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