This is a bit late in the game, but I figure I must find an outlet for opinions in hopes to discover like minds.
So, to kick of my first blogging experience, why not write about how much I hate Amy Schumer? Most people already know these things. I just hope this goes to show WHY I lost all respect for her and now refuse to inhibit her celebrity by staying away from anything she has a hand in creating.
- The Blame Game: Amy released her Netflix stand up this year, titled The Leather Special. There sure was something special about that leather- it somehow didn’t burst at the seams. She blamed a Subreddit for dragging her reviews down, however it should be noted that the special was already getting 1.5 stars before the Subreddit even discussed collaborating in a 1-star take down. She also claimed it was an alt-right conspiracy against her because she is an outspoken female. Her history of blaming men for her failure to be funny is nothing new. She might be blind to the fact that women find her jokes disgusting, tedious, and one-note.
The worst thing to come of this accusation is that the entire Netflix rating system changed. It went from a star-tiered system to a thumbs-up/down. The benefit of a five-star system is that we can give a wide arrange of rating. We went from something on a gradated scale to something from the ancient Facebook “like/dislike” reactions. It was, quite literally, a step back. Good job, Amy. Your virtue signaling achieved the repressive reaction you intended! Way to be a “progressive feminist”
- The Thief: The Leather Special was the last thing I ever watched of Amy’s before I started my personal protest. I actually watched it. I remember, years ago when I was still “finding myself,” I thought she was funny. She joked about sex, was self-deprecating, and was (at least for me) something new. I didn’t know that she was anything but new, because she has a history of stealing jokes. Here is a list (and it is the best I could get- there are probably more) of people she clearly stole jokes from and you can find links to the YouTube videos that show the jokes side by side!
- Kevin Nealon (Comedian)
- Dylan Moran (Comedian)
- John Mulaney (Comedian)
- Kyle Cease (Comedian)
- College Humor (Web series)
- MADTV (TV series)
- Kathleen Madigan (Comedian)
- Reasons not to date a magician (TV series)
- Daniel Tosh (Comedian)
- Ellen Degeneres (Comedian)
- Tammy Pascatelli (Comedian)
- Patrice O’Neal (Comedian)
- Obvious Child (movie)
- Wendy Liebman (Comedian)
- Secret Policeman’s Ball (Mini-series benefit)
- The League (TV series)
- Hannibal Buress (Comedian)
- Portlandia (TV series)
- Spaceballs (movie)
- Zach Galifianakis (Comedian)
- Dave Attell (Comedian)
- Ali Wong (Comedian)
*I am not including Louis CK or Dave Chappelle because, though the jokes are similar, they were changed enough to sort of make them her own. Plus, the ideas aren’t new and to demand completely raw material that hasn’t been thought of in the history of man would be unrealistic. With this standard, we could claim plagiarism of anyone who said, “what’s the deal with (insert topic)” for stealing from Jerry Seinfeld.
She even went so far as to admit she used to steal from department stores with her sister. I could understand if there were one or two jokes that she mistakenly used when she was starting out. I could understand if they were the same theme or even punch line, but the delivery or majority of the joke was changed. I could understand if she used jokes after asking permission and then citing the source! But none of these instances are the case for Amy!
Amy gained fame though stand-up comedy and started writing movies and TV shows. And with that celebrity status, the self-awareness should have been made a priority. The more famous people get, the narrower and more focused the microscope becomes on their lives. The same could be said for the material they produce. In an age where everything is documented and searchable online, she could have easily found that her material was already made by someone else. If the jokes, as in most of the cases listed above, are word-for-word copied, then the originators have every right to sue for copyright infringement. Amy certainly has the first amendment freedom to say whatever she likes, but she will also have to face the consequences of using material created by others for her own profit- namely monetary penalties and loss of integrity.
- The Double Standard: You could also say that she is a hypocrite. This might be the biggest reason why I cannot stand Amy Schumer. Back in January 2016, a young film critic who goes by the twitter handle Lights Camera Jackson tweeted a picture with Schumer and attached the comment “Spent the night with @amyschumer. Certainly not the first guy to write that.” Schumer, who created her fame upon (among stolen jokes) jokes about promiscuity, vulgar details about sexual acts, and has even called herself a “whore” countless times, was quick to damn the tweet! She responded, “I get it. Cause I’m a whore? Glad I took a photo with you. Hi to your dad.”
The media was quick to defend Schumer, labeling Jackson as a sexist and misogynist. The New York Daily News claimed he was “shaming” Amy, and even said it was a “bad joke.” Funny how it’s only a bad joke if anyone else tells it, because we all know Amy has said similar things about herself. Maybe she was just jealous that she couldn’t come up with a funny quip to return fire. Instead, she plays victim of sexism and ruins the young critic’s reputation when he was just trying to play along.
This isn’t the first time Schumer was a cringe-worthy hypocrite. In April 2016, she quickly went on the defense against Glamour Magazine for… saying she inspires them? She was included with Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Ashley Graham as women they find inspiring, however they included it in their plus-size appreciating issue. Though she has deemed herself “fat” and joked about how her size doesn’t keep her from getting that D on the reg, she demonized the magazine for daring to include her name anywhere near a plus-size issue saying, “not cool glamour not glamourous.” What is truly mind-blowing is that not only is she a hypocrite for chiding anyone calling her large when she does it herself, but the magazine didn’t even call her plus-sized! They merely included her in a list of names of women who inspire them. The fact that the other women are plus-size and the issue was aimed at plus-sized appreciation was somehow offensive to her. How dare you include her with those women! Again, this isn’t a complete list. I could probably write a book about her hypocrisy alone, but I have more to include! If she continues with this double standard, we can only hope that the media will wake up and condemn this blatant hypocrisy. Until then, those liberals unite! Speaking of which…
- Keep the Politics out of it: Oh how I love this part. I was going to use the age-old adage “Don’t quit your day job,” but I really want her to quit her day job. She would probably fare well in data-entry or as a 3rd shift guard at a women’s prison. Let’s just make sure she has the least amount of public interaction as possible. After all, she thinks most of the country is disgusting, uninformed idiots for voting for Trump.
When a comedian takes on politics, they have it easy. If ever confronted with their views or statements, they just need to respond with “it was just a joke.” This is what happened surrounding the 2016 election of Donald Trump. In an interview in September 2016, Amy said she would move to Spain if Trump was elected. After Trump ended up winning, she reacted on Instagram with, “First of all the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest. Not that anyone needs more than a headline to count something as official news.” Oh… I get it. So, whenever you say anything, it should be taken as a joke, right? We should never take you seriously, right?
I like to think that Amy is knowledgeable about the political views she tries to push, but it is clear she is just caged away from the real world, shrouded in an echo-chamber of liberal Hollywood. She claims to be feminist, but she doesn’t go beyond the “headline” to fact check any of her claims. She says inflammatory statements like “America hates women” and perpetuates the wage gap myth, but what does she actually cite with statements like this? Where are her statistics? She said that she’s never had a meaningful conversation with anti-Hillary voters who had anything bad to say about Hillary for president other than “she lied about her emails.” Evidence of an echo-chamber? Perhaps. But I will accept the challenge. If Amy would like to have a meaningful conversation with an anti-Hillary voter, she can reach out to me!
Though I have much more to say about this God Awful Cuntessa of Comedy, I should end this post before it becomes a novel. More to come!
-All the spoils
Side-by-side rip offs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eDxjxVl8S0
Amy Schumer’s Instagram post about The Leather Special conspiracy: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRql1C7B85P/?taken-by=amyschumer&hl=en
Amy Schumer v. Lights Camera Jackson: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/critic-lights-camera-jackson-tweets-sexist-amy-schumer-joke-article-1.2500623
Glamour Magazine Plus-size Issue: https://www.instagram.com/p/BD0sVf9KUCy/
Amy DOESN’T want to leave the country: http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/730736/US-Election-2016-Donald-Trump-Hillary-Clinton-Amy-Schumer-Instagram