It takes a lot of balls to make a rape joke. In this overly-sensitive, politically correct time that we live in, comedy often comes under fire when it’s seen to “cross the line.” But what is the line? Amy Schumer sacrificed a handful of sacred cows on the third season premiere of Inside Amy Schumer last night, before committing the most egregious slight against society — disturbing the sanctity of Kimye. Here’s how Amy Schumer won life.
1. Schumer started out with a critically-lauded commentary on rape culture with a Friday Night Lights parody
All the while slowly drowning in a barrel of chardonnay
2. Then she brought out the big guns to comment on Hollywood’s dismissal of older actresses: the Third Tier of the Inner Circle of the League of Extraordinary Women.
Schumer happened upon recent Oscar-snatcher and rabble-rouser Patricia Arquette, the wind beneath all our wings — Tina Fey — and billionaire bombshell Julia Louis-Dreyfus as they toasted the Veep’s last fuckable days.
3. Schumer continued courting controversy with a divisive interview with Bailey Jay, a trans woman who happened to be an adult film worker.
Understandably, one could argue that Amy’s line of questioning was insensitive, but comedy’s not supposed to be sensitive. The great thing about comedy is it makes hard subjects easier to talk about. Schumer simply gives Bailey Jay a platform that other trans women such as Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have, presenting her story and the way she sees things. Just as Laverne and Janet don’t speak for all trans people, neither does Bailey Jay — rather, she and Amy are just two gals having a kiki about sex.
4. Finally, at Time‘s 100 Most Influential People gala, Schumer prostrated herself before honorees Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West.
But Amy has the last laugh. She’s also one of the Most Influential People and she got a dedication from no less than ethereal goddess among us, Tilda Swinton:
Amy Schumer is the girl you knew at your fantasy school—yeah, her at the back with the quick, dangerous eyes. When you wished the funny ones were also kind, when you wondered why none of the clever ones had real guts, when you wanted sexy to look like something properly glamorous and more interesting than an action figure, it was Amy you were dreaming up….Amy’s got your back. She’s in your corner. She’s an honesty bomb. And she’s coming for you.
Kimye, you just got bombed.
Les Fabian Brathwaite — Brooklyn 7, Poughkeepsie 25.