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Amy Schumer’s Naked Photoshoot

Famed photographer Annie Leibowitz was tasked with shooting the prestigious Pirelli Calendar in 2016. Work began in late 2015, and among Amy’s fellow calendar girls were the likes of Serena Williams, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Mellody Hobson and Kathleen Kennedy. The 2016 calendar was a landmark edition, as Annie Leibowitz was the first lone woman to shoot the calendar in over 25 years. The concept revolved around depicting accomplished, trailblazing women in striking black-and-white, but unlike previous editions of the calendar all the participating women remained clothed or in their underwear. This wasn’t technically the naked photoshoot the world had come to expect from Pirelli, but regardless, it became clear very early on that Amy’s pictures were a stand-out.

Video: The Making of the 2016 Pirelli Calendar

Video: The making the 2016 Pirelli Calendar. Amy Schumer’s segment begins at the 17:50 minute mark

Annie Leibowitz was keen to work Amy. “I admire comedy so much. It’s like the original performance art,” Annie said. “Amy Schumer, she is on an amazing wave right now. Amy just takes things straight on, she’s chartering a course in areas that people were afraid to touch before.” Annie’s concept for Amy’s pictures was that they’d shoot her as if she didn’t get the memo that the calendar was not going to be a topless one that year. This is why the end result was the comedian, slumped on a stool with a coffee cup in hand, wearing nothing but a bra and pants set and high heels.

Amy treated the entire experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity. “I am so excited to be a part of the Pirelli family,” the comedian said. “It’s not something I ever thought I would have the chance to do and to hear that Annie Leibowitz was doing the photoshoot, after I Googled her – no just kidding! She’s like the most amazing person, you don’t dream that you are ever going to be able to work with her.”

Amy’s picture is not what you call conventionally ‘flattering’. Because she’s sitting in a relaxed position, her stomach has multiple folds. “I’m sitting in a chair, and so my instinct is to try and make things look like they look in magazines and images we’ve seen,” the star recalls. “And she’s is like ‘No, kind of slump over and let your stomach out.’ I felt I looked my beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life and I felt like it looked like me.”

Amy took to Twitter to share her photo, captioning it:

“Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you @AnnieLeibowitz”

The public reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and the photo kickstarted many conversations about how women subconsciously police their own bodies even though things like have stomach rolls when you slouch is perfectly natural. Comments on Amy’s tweet ranged from “Thank you. I’m really tired of hating my body and feeling like I’m unloveable” to “Finally, a picture of how women look without Spanx or liposuction or photoshop! Love it!”. There was also many comparisons between Amy’s body in the photoshoot and what was considered the epitome of beauty during different eras.

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Amy was so touched by this collage that she reposted it to her personal Instagram account (you can follow her @amyschumer). That same year, her memoir ‘The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo’ hit the shelves and she’s gone from strength to strength ever since. The 37-year old is now a mum, but thankfully she’s showing no signs of a desire to reign it in or tone it down. Amy Schumer has remained as unapologetic, brash and down to earth as ever. Here our favourite Amy Schumer nudes and nearly-nudes.

1. Nice (Hotdog) Buns!

252.8k likes – View Post on Instagram Hot dog dog. Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me “demanding” or “insisting” on equal pay to them aren’t a true. #fat #stealsjokes

Date: 24 August 2017

Overview: Around mid-year 2017, rumours surfaced that Amy Schumer had demanded she’d be paid the same amount of money as fellow comics Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle did for their Netflix stand-up specials. This wasn’t completely out of the realm of possibility, as Amy is a well-known feminist and campaigner for both human and women’s rights. In fact, while Amy did negotiate more pay for her Netflix special, she didn’t outrightly demand that she be paid the same as Rock and Chapelle. And what better way to quash rumours than to take a picture with a giant plush hot dog covering your boobs.

2. When You Gotta Go,You Gotta Go!

40.1k likes – View Post on Instagram Tati loves LA

Date: 6 February 2018

Overview: We all get caught short at times, but not all of us are game to upload proof to Instagram! Amy had to stop for a quick off-road wee whilst walking her beloved dog Tati – careful of snakes girl!

3. Amy Schumer Gets Wet’N’Wild

41k likes – View Post on Instagram @ifeelpretty hits theaters tomorrow‼️Get your tickets now! Link in bio ❤️

Date: 20 April 2018

Overview: In I Feel Pretty (2018), Amy Schumer plays the role of Renee Bennett, an insecure woman who, after a head injury, gains an extreme level of self-confidence regarding her appearance. Amy posted this teaser clip of her character at a wet t-shirt competition to psych up her fans for the film’s release.

4. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

97.5k likes – View Post on Instagram My book #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo is published for the mass market today! Order it from @gallerybooks or get it anywhereish!

Date: 26 September 2018

Overview: Arguably one of the greatest plays on words of all time, ‘The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo’ was comedic, autobiographical book released in 2016. It’s cover featured a sultry looking, naked Amy Schumer. The book tackled issues many issues that Amy was passionate about head-on: gun control, domestic violence, sexual assault and the importance of consent. It held top position on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller for two weeks.

5. Amy’s Infamous Ink

172.2k likes – View Post on Instagram Rump alert #yesiknowmytattoosucks @maliamillsnyc

Date: 14 July 2018

Overview: Amy relaxes in her bikini bottoms and gives us look at her infamous lower back tattoo, which she herself claims “sucks”.

6. A Troublesome Bun In The Oven

1m likes – View Post on Instagram Feeling strong and beautiful today #didntpuke

Date: 31 March 2019

Overview: Amy’s hashtag #didnotpuke is a reference to the dreaded hyperemesis gravidarum that she suffered throughout her pregnancy. Yep, that’s the same thing Kate Middleton had during all three of her pregnancies – extreme, persistent vomiting during pregnancy that can lead to dehydration, salivating more than usual, weight loss and the inability to eat or drink an adequate amount. Amy was forced to cancel and refund tickets to many of her live shows because even travelling in a car was enough to send her reaching for a sick bucket.

7. Duck, Duck, Goose.

267.1k likes – View Post on Instagram On a chilly Nola morning it’s best to chase ducks with nothing weighing you down except a baby. Photo by @heathersten for the @nytimes on a rainy night it’s also a good idea. Thank you @zinomanjason for your profile on me. Brutally honest. My favorite kind of honesty. See you in another 10 when you write about me again. Article on nytimes.com

Date: 13 March 2019

Overview: In a pregnancy photoshoot like no one, naked Amy Schumer chases ducks during a cold drizzly evening. Later in this series, she poses in a green dress with a plunging neckline, and then topless with handfuls of moss covering her nipples. It sounds extra weird when we write it down, but have a look for yourself, the end result is on point.

8. Pump It (The Black Eyed Peas ft Amy Schumer)

748.4k likes – View Post on Instagram Guys what are we doing tonight? #schumerpump #ootd @stassischroeder

Date: 19 May 2019

Overview: Talk about keeping it real! Amy shared this breast pumping video on her Instagram and we’re here for it! The comments on this post from both fellow famous people and fans were overwhelmingly positive. We’re especially living for the comment left by Selma Blair, who just wrote “Milk It”.

9. Amy Schumer for British GQ

185.3k likes – View Post on Instagram Rise up bts @britishgq

Date: 22 September 2016

Overview: In October 2016 Amy Schumer, as the magazine’s Woman of The Year, was the cover of British G. She posed in some cute but classic boy-leg undies, white heels and an oversized men’s white business shirt.

63.9k likes – View Post on Instagram Ayyyyy!

10. This Girl Is On Fire

101.9k likes – View Post on Instagram Thank you @vanityfair and Annie Leibovitz who I had to beg to take this shot

Date: 26 April 2016

Overview: Another amazing Amy Schumer x Annie Leibowitz collaboration. Amy suggests in the caption that she had to really push Annie to take this bold shot – we’d have loved to have been a fly on those walls!

11. Say Goodbye To Chaffing

128.1k likes – View Post on Instagram No chafe #nothighgapnoproblem

Date: 3 May 2016

Overview: We love the juxtaposition between the glamour of Amy’s red carpet dress and the reality of having thighs. Amy reefs up her dress with no hesitation and shows us a brilliant life hack – stick-deodorant on the inner thighs will stop pesky chub-rub!

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Amy Schumer’s adorable nude pregnancy pics aren’t like any we’ve ever seen

Amy Schumer has had an incredibly hard pregnancy dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum so severe it resulted in being hospitalized and a number of canceled tour dates. That’s why absolutely no one would blame her for wanting to take the most fun and freeing pregnancy nudes the world has ever seen.

She literally chased ducks in the nude while spending time in New Orleans — and it’s glorious.

“On a chilly Nola morning it’s best to chase ducks with nothing weighing you down except a baby. Photo by @heathersten for the @nytimes on a rainy night it’s also a good idea. Thank you @zinomanjason for your profile on me. Brutally honest. My favorite kind of honesty. See you in another 10 when you write about me again,” she captioned the series of snaps, not all of which are nudes.

She also posed in this adorable plunging v-neck dress.

Image via Instagram/Amy Schumer

And with this…piles of grass on her chest? Whatever, she looks fantastic.

Image via Instagram/Amy Schumer

She also included a snap taken with a young patient during a visit to Children’s Hospital New Orleans where she participated in a Bingo night.

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Thank you @amyschumer for bringing a new level of fun to Bingo Night at CHNOLA! Our patients and families were blessed by your fun spirit and generosity! Come back and call bingo for us any time! #sidekickAmy #chnolasidekick #bingonight #chnolaproud

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The pregnancy nudes were taken by photographer Heather Sten for a profile on the comic in The New York Times.

“Young me thought this would bring some other level of joy,” she tells the publication of her previous ideas of how it would feel to be rich and famous. “I think I will experience that with a baby. But other than that, it doesn’t exist.”

Image via Instagram/Amy Schumer

Of course, fun pregnant nudes aren’t a huge surprise from the actress after how open Schumer’s been about her entire pregnancy. She’s chronicled her struggles with constant morning sickness that left her hospitalized, hooked up to IVs, and at times, unable to perform her comedy shows.

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Deep in my second trimester and all i can say is nope! Yesterday i did a show 90 minutes later #soblessed #godsmiracle #lepainbathroom 🦄

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Am I glowing? #hyperemesisgravidarum

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“Texas I am so deeply sorry. I have been really looking forward to these shows. I have to reschedule. I am in the hospital. I’m fine. Baby’s fine but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story. I’ve been even more ill this trimester. I have hyperemesis and it blows,” she wrote after missing a show due to being sick.

She’s also been, quite simply, hilariously honest — showing how most of us regular moms act and look while pregnant.

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She even shared the flat-out amazing (and extremely life-like) birth cake her sister-in-law made for her to celebrate her impending addition.

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My sister in law. And I can’t stress that enough IN LAW. surprised me with a horrifying cake and i can’t thank her enough. So I won’t thank her at all. @mofischhh something is truly wrong with you and i love you. #haunting #butthole

A post shared by @ amyschumer on Jan 28, 2019 at 3:12am PST

We hope Schumer is feeling well these last few weeks of her pregnancy and that she continues to share it all – yes, even the duck-chasing pregnancy nudes. Especially those.

Amy Schumer’s Amazing Nude Pic Proves She Is The Realest Person Ever

Amy Schumer has been considered the role model of our generation because of her raw honesty, sense of humor and ability to always keep things real.

She’s also used her fame to shed light on several issues that matter to her, like self-acceptance and body confidence.

That’s why it’s not too surprising Schumer posed nude for the new Pirelli Calendar.

The Pirelli Calendar has always been known to highlight the sexuality of famous models. Last year’s calendar featured Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid, for example, and it was considered very NSFW.

The 2016 edition, however, will feature portraits of a wide variety of influential women. Schumer sits among many other accomplished women such as Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Fran Lebowitz and Patti Smith.

Photographer Annie Leibovitz was in charge of the shoot and cast the women for each month.

Schumer will be featured for the month of December and is wearing nothing but heels and panties. https://instagram.com/p/-t6pd1gxBM/embed/

She’s also carrying a Starbucks cup. Yeah, it’s badass AF.

When discussing the fact that Schumer is one of the only women to pose naked for the shoot, Leibovitz said,

She got the whole concept completely. She’s so bright. She was willing to play that role. I was worried for her, I said ‘Are you self-conscious?’ said, ‘Are you kidding? I love my body.’

Let’s also pay tribute to a few of the other stunning images, like this shot of Serena Williams.

Yao Chen’s photo will be used as the calendar’s foreword. https://instagram.com/p/-tu2qpov4Q/embed/

Although these are just a few of the many women who posed for the calendar, it’s enough to show this year’s shoot is quite different from anything Pirelli shared before.

It’s time to embrace our curves and edges and let everyone know beauty expands far beyond a woman’s measurements.

Citations: 2015 Pirelli Calendar (Harpers Bazaar), Pirelli Calendar 2016 (Marie Claire)

How hot does Amy Schumer look on the August cover of ‘Marie Claire.’ The blonde beauty opted to go completely braless on the cover in a sheer lace bodysuit and she looks flawless! What do you guys think of her spread?

Another day, another cover for Amy Schumer, 35! This time, the comedienne stunned on the cover of the August issue of Marie Claire, and she looks hotter than ever! She rocked a sheer black lace bodysuit and she opted to go completely braless underneath — how sexy does she look!? In this revealing interview, Amy talks about everything from love, sex, and growing up, and it is seriously amazing. What do you guys think of Amy’s sexy cover?

On the cover of the mag, Amy looks flawless rocking a long-sleeve black bodysuit. The entire bodysuit was completely sheer and covered in lace, while the front was a zip-up. She went completely braless underneath the see-through one-piece and you could see her ample side-boob.

She is also featured in another photo rocking a strapless black satin bustier bodysuit, where she also went braless and showed a ton of cleavage — this photo shoot was totally sexy!

Aside from Amy looking hot as hell, she explained what it was like for her growing up, “I was always self-effacing, self-reflective. I hated feeling I was just like every other girl on Long Island. Looking at my clothes and my hair. I was very aware of not wanting to be the same as everyone.”

Even better than that, she dished on what it’s like being madly in love with her beau, Ben Hanisch. “Being in love is the scariest thing in the world. You want to f-ing cry and scream. I can’t handle it. Every time we say good-bye, I think, This will have been a nice last week together. Or I tell myself nothing is real and he’s going to leave me and tell me he never loved me. I feel so bad for him. How exhausting it must be dating me.”

How amazing is this cover shoot and interview with Amy!? We can’t wait for the mag to hit newsstands on July 19!

Amy Schumer is giving fans a peek at the day she gave birth to her son.

The comedian posted a collage of photos from the year on Instagram along with the caption, “It was a very good year.” The post included shots of her performing, meeting a giraffe, hanging out with her husband and friends — and in true Schumer fashion, leaning over a toilet while naked on a bathroom floor.

The series also featured photos of her son, who was born on May 5 of this year, including a new photo of the mom with her son in the operating room following her C-section.

Trending stories,celebrity news and all the best of TODAY. Amy Schumer shared some of her most memorable moments of the year on Instagram. amyschumer / Instagram

Gene Attell Fischer is Schumer’s first child with her husband, chef Chris Fischer, whom she wed in February 2018.

Throughout her pregnancy, she was very open about her struggles and complications, often posting unglamorous photos of herself that surely had other women nodding in recognition. Schumer suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that causes persistent nausea and vomiting as well as weight loss and dehydration.

We’ve been watching Schumer handle new motherhood with humor and grace ever since her Instagram birth announcement.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, also had their baby within a day of Gene’s birth, which Schumer of course used as fodder for comedy.

“10:55 pm last night. Our royal baby was born,” she posted, sharing a family photo of her husband kissing her forehead as she cradled the newborn in the hospital.

The “Trainwreck” star also stood up for moms going back to work after having a baby. Schumer said that although she felt conflicted and cried missing her little guy, the breaks energized her to be a better mom.

Whether she’s performing or just spending some quality cuddle time with baby Gene we love her hilarious take on mom-life and can’t wait to see what she gets up to in 2020!

I had a heart-to-heart about body image with Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer looks at herself in the mirror. She is nearly naked, save her bra and the nude Spanx she has on to flatten her belly. As she stares at her reflection, her eyes begin to fill with tears. She doesn’t say anything, but what she is thinking is very clear: “I’m disgusting. I hate the way I look. Who could ever love me?”

Although this describes a moment in Schumer’s new movie, “I Feel Pretty,” it’s a scene we all know — facing your mirror image, completely devoid of confidence and overwhelmed by a crippling self-hatred.

I know it, anyway. I know it so well that lately, as I head through my early thirties, I avoid looking at my reflection at all — in elevator mirrors, glossy windows — except for when I’m applying makeup to cover my flaws. It’s not easy to admit that. I know, for a fact, that I am not an ogre and that I possess many qualities more valuable than my looks. I am a successful journalist who recently managed to write a New York Times best-selling book and keep my dog, Riggins, alive and thriving.

And yet, I still worry that when people look at me, all they see is my double chin.

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This is part of why I’ve felt connected to Schumer ever since I met her in 2015 when she was promoting her first movie, “Trainwreck.” Here was a woman whose body looked a lot like mine, and she was starring as a romantic lead in a major studio comedy. Everyone in town couldn’t stop talking about how funny and smart she was. Her double chin hadn’t stopped her from anything.

Since then, our relationship has evolved into something more of a friendship than a traditional interviewer/celebrity rapport. I wasn’t, like, chilling with her and J-Law at her recent wedding or anything, but we message a lot, and she wrote a really nice blurb for my book, which is about “The Bachelor.”

Which is why when I wound up at the fancy house where she was staying in Beverly Hills, our conversation about “I Feel Pretty” became less of an interview and more of a heart-to-heart.

When I walked in, Schumer’s husband, chef Chris Fischer, had just finished cooking lunch so she was eating a very professional-looking plate of sea bass and Brussels sprouts while wearing sweatpants. Her dog, Tati — named after the actress Tatiana Maslany — was staring at her longingly, hoping for a spare piece of fish.

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There were a couple of stylists wandering around, unloading heels and dresses for the “I Feel Pretty” press tour, so she suggested we move to the backyard to talk. I told her I wanted us to candidly discuss body image, as well as the backlash to the new movie.

When the first trailer for the film was released this spring, it made a lot of people mad. In the movie, Schumer plays Renee, a thirtysomething with low self-esteem who yearns to be what she describes as “undeniably pretty.” One day, during a SoulCycle class, she falls off her bike and hits her head, and when she comes to, it appears her wish has been granted: She looks in the mirror and sees everything she’s always dreamed of.

In “I Feel Pretty,” Schumer plays a woman who hits her head and then suddenly views herself as beautiful. (Mark SchŠfer / STXfilms )

On Twitter, critics argued that the premise was tone deaf. Schumer is “blonde, white, able-bodied, femme and yes, thin … society’s beauty ideal,” so how are those even further outside of traditional beauty norms supposed to feel about themselves if Schumer is considered ugly?

But while Schumer doesn’t think it’s fair to “say who you do and don’t think should be insecure,” she understands why the story makes some people uncomfortable.

“I don’t know that the country really has an appetite to hear the story of a white, blonde woman with a belly,” she admitted. “I get it. I personally feel woken up about inequality for women and people of color in a way I didn’t before seeing ‘Get Out’ and ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Atlanta’ — and all these police shootings and the election. I thought things had gotten better. But I had no idea. I just grew up thinking everybody was equal, and that’s not enough. I need to do something, otherwise I’m just part of the problem.”

But she also thinks the message behind “I Feel Pretty” is important. She wants women to feel “empowered to live up to their full potential” — to not be held back by the fear of being perceived as fat or ugly.

Which, are, in fact, things she says she’s been called since the moment she entered Hollywood. After watching the trailer for “Trainwreck,” one award season blogger argued that there was “no way she’d be an object of heated romantic interest in the real world” given her “wide facial features” that made her look like a “blonde Lou Costello.”

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“She’s not grade-A or even B-plus material, certainly by my standards as well as those of any moderately attractive, fair-minded youngish heterosexual dude who’s feeling hormonal or what-have-you,” argued this blogger, who was instantly ridiculed for his post.

Schumer, seen here with Bill Hader in 2015’s “Trainwreck,” lost weight for the movie but decided she would never do it again after filming was over. (Bobby Bank / GC Images )

The backlash he faced made it seem as if he were just a lone voice in the crowd — an older white dude hung up on antiquated standards of attractiveness. But in her comedy, Schumer has made it clear that this is, in fact, the way in which many people see her. In her 2015 stand-up special, “Live at the Apollo,” she joked that her arms “register as legs” in Los Angeles, and her “legs register as firewood.” At auditions, she kidded, she was asked if she was “reading for the girl getting gastric bypass.”

“I don’t know if you guys noticed, but I am what Hollywood calls ‘very fat,’” she said two years later in “The Leather Special.” “They photographed me once, and this was the headline: ‘Schumer buys pastry so she can work out.’ Kind of mean, right? No, they hit the nail right on the head. That’s what I do to work out. Before I work out, I go buy a scone, and then I slowly walk around a reservoir, and I eat it. My workouts are like a woman in hospice. Just, like, nibbling on a baked good, looking at the trees and the birds.”

I asked Schumer what her aim was in saying such mean things about herself, even in jest. She said she’d grown up watching female comedians like Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller — women she thought were beautiful — make cruel jokes about their appearance, and that “worked.”

But these were also the kind of things Schumer has heard herself since she was a girl. In sixth grade, she bought an outfit at the Gap she really liked: A ribbed maroon top and tight black pants. When she walked into school, a boy looked at her and exclaimed: “Whoa, Big Bertha!”

“It just robbed me,” she remembered. “It just set me back. And then, instead of crying, I would just fire back and make a joke myself. It was like training for a roast.”

In her stand-up, Schumer often aims harsh barbs at herself, describing herself as overweight or unattractive. (Marcus Price / Netflix ) Advertisement

She regained her confidence in high school, finding self-worth as an athlete on the volleyball team. But when she entered college at Towson University in Maryland, she felt like she was back at square one — judged solely based on her looks again.

“I’d never get hit on at bars — I was just invisible,” she recalled, echoing an experience that has also been my own. “One hundred percent of the guys I’ve dated have been because I was the aggressor. I’ve always been with guys that I was friends with — guys who knew me for a while who would then become attracted to me.”

On one episode of her Comedy Central series, “Inside Amy Schumer,” she had a matchmaker set her up. She was told she was going out with a great guy — a musician who was also a public defender.

“And I think I met him and he was wearing denim and a leather vest and he was very old and he had a toupee and he also sucked,” she said. “And he told me that the matchmaker said, ‘Well, look, she’s no model.’”

At one point, Schumer felt so bad about her appearance that she even attempted to get an eating disorder — a journey she said lasted all of two hours, when she realized she couldn’t stand being hungry. She really hates being hungry. When she shot “Trainwreck,” she decided to go on a diet, per the studio’s suggestion. (“They really made it my idea, like, ‘This isn’t “Girls.” This is a movie. I think you’ll feel great if you prepare for it.’”) She got down to a size 4, and when the movie came out, she was “still being trolled for being heavy.”

“So I just decided, ‘Oh, cool. Well, then, I’m not gonna play this game at all,’” she said. “It’s not worth it to me to live this life where I have to be really hungry.”

And in a weird way, the trolling freed her, too.

“In boxing, you know how you’re scared of getting punched and then you get punched and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m OK?’” she asked, and I nodded my head, even though I had no idea. “I’ve been told I’m fat. I’m ugly. I’ve seen memes of me being the grossest woman in the world — me as Jabba the Hut. The fear is gone.”

Schumer has long been comfortable showing her body on screen, as seen here with Goldie Hawn in 2017’s “Snatched.” (Justina Mintz / 20th Century Fox )

She also started going to therapy and began focusing on the things she was grateful for. Her dad has suffered from multiple sclerosis for years, and seeing his physical limitations made her appreciate the use of her legs. She changed her diet a bit, still “eating crap” sometimes but balancing it out with nourishing food that energizes her. And she let herself have fun: drinking, smoking pot, and relaxing.

“I just decided to believe my own hype,” she explained. “If you think of the things you would say to your friends when they’re having a bad day — why don’t you let yourself take care of yourself like that? I understand that that’s really scary and makes you feel really vulnerable. But, like, Obama’s ‘The Audacity of Hope,’ how about the audacity of loving yourself? Seriously, let yourself do it for 30 seconds. It’s all in our heads.

It is, Ame, I’m telling you.”

I shook my head.

“I’m sorry,” I said, “But it’s just hard for me to truly believe that if I had confidence that the world — and the dating pool — would magically open up to me.”

“I wouldn’t make this if I thought it was bull,” she replied. “And again, someone would look at you and say ‘ you.’ You happen to be gorgeous, but that’s not the point.”

“Also, ‘The Bachelor’ gets to you,” she continued. “It gets to me. I’m so fired up watching that show. The girls on there — you can’t have three black people with the same body as the white people and say ‘we .’ That show glorifies . I love that show, and I’ll watch it to my death, but I think it’s really bad for women.”

In “I Feel Pretty,” Schumer wanted to be sure she showed her body on screen the way it truly is. There’s one scene in which her character — post head-bump — decides to compete in a bikini contest alongside a half dozen statuesque women who are stick thin.

“In post, they asked me if I wanted to retouch anything, and I was like, ‘What? No,’” she said. “I love it. I think I look sexy and strong.”

Schumer at the Los Angeles premiere of “I Feel Pretty” this month. (Jordan Strauss / Invision )

A few months after shooting that scene last summer, Schumer met her husband. (They wed on Feb. 13.) She was the heaviest she’d ever been — about 15 more pounds than she weighs now. At first, there was no spark. He was just the brother of her assistant, whom Schumer had hired to cook for her family on a vacation. During the trip, she had a bad reaction to an antibiotic and got sick while she was out for a walk.

“I came back to the house and told everyone I’d had to stop to in the woods,” she said with a laugh. “And there he was, cooking. We really got to know each other as people, and then when we became interested in each other, it was like, ‘Cool, you’ve seen me at my physical worst.’”

“But, Ame, everything aside, I know you’re gonna find your person,” she said, unprompted. “And I can’t wait to read your writing after that. And I can’t wait to talk to you after that.”

We hugged and I walked back to my car, feeling awkward that an interview with Amy Schumer ended up turning into an inspirational pep talk. That night, I emailed her some follow-up questions. She responded, sent me a photo of some pasta without any explanation and this James Baldwin quote:

“In order to survive this, you have to really dig down into yourself and re-create yourself, really, according to no image which yet exists in America. You have to impose, in fact — this may sound very strange — you have to decide who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.”

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Amy Schumer has faced a barrage of criticism on social media after the first trailer for her new movie, I Feel Pretty was released earlier this week. The film is supposed to be about how all women, whatever they look like, have insecurities about themselves, but what is truly beautiful is inner confidence. However, fans believe that it has truly missed the mark.

Schumer plays a supposedly unattractive woman who plans to get fit and ‘beautiful’ by taking up exercise. In a spinning class, she then hits her head and in a Freaky Friday or Shallow Hal-inspired twist, wakes up seeing herself as breathtakingly beautiful, even though she looks exactly the same.

In the movie, her extremely beautiful friend – played by Emily Ratajkowski – also speaks of her insecurities with her appearance. The film is presumably supposed to show that we all have a lack of confidence, but as soon as we believe we are beautiful, we are.

People on Twitter responded to the plot of the movie with anger, arguing that Schumer is smaller than the average American woman and actually fits the Hollywood stereotype of being blonde and pretty.

I do think the outrage over Amy Schumer’s new film is slightly missing the point… but Amy Schumer is still hella problematic. Always calls herself a big girl and too fat for Hollywood but when she gets called plus size by a magazine she complains…

— Lo🥂 (@Laura_Smidge) February 10, 2018

Some also had a problem with the message behind the movie – that if you are not beautiful, you need to hit your head and get brain damage to believe that you are.

As someone who looks considerably less attractive than @amyschumer in a bikini, has considerably less middle class privilege, & a chronic illness – what am I supposed to take from #Ifeelpretty – that I’m hideous to society and need brain damage before I can believe in myself? Ffs

— Beth Edwards (@bethedwardsuk) February 9, 2018

did amy schumer really think a movie about a woman needing a blow to the head to feel confident in her body would uplift people????

— Rachel Whitehurst (@RachLWhitehurst) February 10, 2018 Related Story

However, a number of people have also come to Schumer’s defence, arguing that just because she is white, privileged and “not fat enough” does not mean that her insecurities are not relevant. Many have also pointed to the argument that it is easy to find fault with anything if you really try.

the backlash against Amy Schumer’s new movie proves to me people don’t have basic comprehension skills and that I actually have to defend her. The movie ISN’T about PHYSICALLY LOOKING DIFFERENT.

— Avery (@angies_wife) February 15, 2018

Over the weekend people found Amy Schumer’s new movie offensive because even though many of us have trouble with self-esteem and confidence, she’s privileged so it doesn’t count. Now, people find Peter Rabbit offense due to a scene regarding food allergies.

— MaLEEk Jackson (@Nelson81) February 12, 2018

Is it me or is ppl upset at the new #AmySchumer movie because Amy Schumer’s character isn’t fat enough?

— Apples&Oranges (@AppsOranges) February 9, 2018

I’m trying to find some understanding in the backlash @amyschumer is receiving for #IFeelPretty I am sure of one thing; women still continue to tear other women down without reason. We are striving for gender equality but taking steps back by not seting good example #DoBetter

— Nicole Silverman (@SleepySilverman) February 9, 2018 Related Story

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Who Is Amy Schumer?

Born June 1, 1981, in New York City, comedian and actress Amy Schumer began her stand-up career in the mid-2000s. She followed a steady rise to fame, placing fourth on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2007, and releasing her first album four years later. In 2013 her show Inside Amy Schumer debuted on Comedy Central, winning an Emmy two years later. She wrote and starred in the 2015 summer comedy hit Trainwreck.

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Husband

After splitting from furniture designer Ben Hanisch in May 2017, Schumer began dating chef Chris Fischer. Rarely spotted together, they finally went public with their relationship by posting a romantic Instagram photo on February 11, 2018. Two days later, the couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in Malibu, before a group that included Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lawrence, Larry David and David Spade.

On October 22, 2018, the pair announced that they were expecting their first child. One week after revealing the baby’s gender, Schumer gave birth to her son, Gene Attell Fischer, on May 5, 2019.

Comedy Career

In the mid-2000s, Schumer began testing the waters as a stand-up comic, steadily working her way up the comedy club chain at venues such as New York’s Comedy Cellar.

‘Inside Amy Schumer’

Her first national exposure came in 2007, when she placed fourth on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. In 2011, she released her debut stand-up album, Cutting, and gained more recognition after killing it on The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen. A year later, Comedy Central gave her the platform for her first comedy special, Mostly Sex Stuff. The cable network then turned the keys over to her for a comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer, in 2013. The much talked about series won its first Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

‘Trainwreck’

Schumer’s comedy is cutting and revealing, touching on sex, relationships and gender inequality in a way that few comics have dared to try. Along with other actresses like Kristen Wiig, she’s helped shed the Hollywood bias that female comics are best suited for character roles. She demonstrated her ability to carry a film with her 2015 summer hit, Trainwreck, a semi-biographical portrait that co-starred Bill Hader and was directed by Judd Apatow.

“I was falling in love with a guy and scared out of my mind,” Schumer told Entertainment Weekly, while describing the film’s inspiration. “Judd and I talked about how all these defense mechanisms that get you through things start to bite you in the ass. I was trying to sabotage the relationship because I was afraid of getting hurt.”

Book, Broadway and ‘Growing’

Schumer’s 2016 memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, landed on The New York Times Best Sellers list. In 2017 she starred in the mother-daughter comedy Snatched, with comedy legend Goldie Hawn, and also made her debut on Broadway in the Meteor Shower.

In 2018 Schumer starred in the comedy I Feel Pretty, opposite Michelle Williams, as main character Renee Barrett who goes from flawed-to-fearless after waking up from a terrible fall. The following year Schumer was back to stand-up with the Netflix special Growing, her pregnancy a central focus of the set.

Gun Control Advocacy

Schumer has not been afraid to leverage her celebrity to shed light on important causes to her. In August 2015, she teamed up with Senator Schumer to push for new gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.

For Amy Schumer, the issue became personal after a mentally ill gunman killed two people and wounded nine others at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater that was showing Trainwreck.

“I’ve thought about these victims each day since the tragedy,” Schumer said. shouldn’t have been able to put his hand on a gun in the first place.”

Early Years

Actress and stand-up comedian Amy Beth Schumer was born June 1, 1981, in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. She is one of three children and the oldest daughter of Sandra and Gordon Schumer, who owned a successful baby furniture company in New York City. Gordon is also the cousin of United States Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

In her early years, Amy Schumer’s life was defined by her father’s success. But the family’s fortunes quickly changed when Gordon was struck by multiple sclerosis. The business went bankrupt, and shortly after moving the family to Long Island, Schumer’s parents divorced. Her father’s physical demise and the resulting change to her family’s status greatly affected Schumer and her approach to life.

“To see them – to see their descent, to watch his body sort of decompose, it’s pretty – it really darkens you and it really lets you know that you have no control over life,” Schumer revealed in a 2013 interview with NPR. “When I’m dating someone I think would I want to push their wheelchair? Would this guy push my wheelchair? My mind goes there if I’ve been dating somebody for a year or two, and I don’t think that happens to people unless they’ve taken care of a sick relative.”

Finding an outlet in being the center of attention, Schumer was voted class clown during her senior year of high school in 1999. She majored in theater at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, and then continued her studies at the esteemed William Esper Studio in New York City.

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Amy Schumer’s menstruation material is unflinching in her Netflix comedy special Growing.

AMY SCHUMER GROWING (Amy Schumer). 60 minutes. Premieres on Netflix on Tuesday (March 19). Rating: NNN

At 37, comedian Amy Schumer is growing – in every sense. Performing in front of a Chicago audience for her latest Netflix special, Schumer’s pregnant belly is growing, and perhaps more importantly, she has grown up – and so has her comedy.

The one-hour show takes a while to warm up, because change takes time and Schumer clearly feels most comfortable relying on her old antics. She’s loud, crass and shocking: within five minutes, she hikes up her black dress to expose her full belly – and underwear – after bemoaning the media for not noticing her baby bump until she was well into her second trimester.

She complains about not being able to drink wine or do drugs for nine months, and whenever asked if she’s been experiencing pregnancy cravings, she yells, “COCK” into the mic.

The flashy first act feels stale, and perhaps Schumer knows it as she nods to the applause, as if signalling the audience to cheer louder. The whole “I’m a fat girl” bit, which continues to underline most of the body-focused comedy she’s still milking despite criticism from women of size, feels especially gimmicky when her belly is caused by pregnancy.

Luckily, Schumer doesn’t stay in this self-deprecating space for too long. Genuine applause and cheers start to flow when she recalls her non-eventful marriage proposal from husband Chris Fischer. (He popped the question in the morning and she fell back asleep.) That leads to one of the funniest bits in the set on expectations versus reality when it comes to proposals, relationships and weddings.

“There’s no dignity in being a bridesmaid in your late 30s,” says Schumer, adding that New York women who marry at 40 are still considered young. “You just hope you don’t have the biggest arm in the wedding party.”

She skewers the absurdity of still being able to force friends to partake in your wedding when modern women have many other priorities than getting married. The bit comes off as smart, relatable and feminist.

Her sincerity also comes through when she details her husband’s Asperger’s and his inability to tell a lie, which ultimately effects Schumer whenever she tries to lie to their friends. “Oh my god, I had no idea,” she reacts to news of a divorced friend moving on. “Yes, you remember that. You were at the party,” Fischer leaks. These exchanges are endearing and punch up on a disability joke that could’ve gone the other way.

The set undoubtedly peaks during the discussion of periods. I’ll remember Schumer describing retrieving a menstrual cup as a “Kill Bill situation” the next time I’m suffering from PMS and feeling sad.

But the final quarter of her set seems like a bit of a throwaway, zigzagging from Brett Kavanaugh, to buying lingerie, to losing the urge to have sex with her husband. None of it seems that memorable, and rather than building to a final joke, Schumer fumbles the ending. Luckily, there’s enough solid comedy beforehand to push it over the finish line.

On International Women’s Day, Schumer posted a picture of herself as Rosie the Riveter on social media – her blue-collared shirt rolled up to reveal her pregnant belly, her flexed arm clutching a microphone. While she’s hardly a symbol of American feminism, and while her set isn’t revolutionary, she’s clearly going through major life changes and Growing reflects that.

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The most radical shot in the new Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty is a mid-thirties woman staring at herself. In close-up, the star’s face fills the frame: no glamour lighting, no genetically blessed cheekbones, no modern day digital retouching smoothing out the creases. It’s what most people see when they look in the mirror, yet Hollywood rarely reflects it back unless the female character is a comic punchline hurled at a recoiling Zach Galifianakis.

Schumer’s Renee Bennett, an online service rep for a luxury make-up brand, is fixated on beauty. She’s a true believer who spends hours painting another face over her face. I Feel Pretty isn’t a slob-to-chic makeover movie: From the beginning, her hair is perfectly curled, her Spanx hoisted, her outfits stylishly chosen, her nights spent studying YouTube cosmetics tutorials. There’s a false gag when Renee panics about visiting the corporate office carrying a purse that’s a Bed Bath & Beyond shopping bag – c’mon, she wears heels to send emails in a basement! – which works against Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein’s point that this is a woman doing everything she can to look good.

And it’s still not enough. The problem with being plain is that people won’t tell you, like walking around with spinach tattooed on your teeth. Culturally, we’re supposed to pretend that if we asked a hundred strangers to pick between Schumer and Gigi Hadid, it’d be a toss-up. Quietly, women like Renee know the ugly truth. Evasion is crazy-making, which is why we see New Yorkers treating our heroine normally yet she interprets everything as an insult. Even a crying baby hates her face – extreme paranoia from a woman so insecure, she lies about her shoe size. The movie doesn’t back her up, except to agree that inside her head, things look awful.

Which is partially why I Feel Pretty is a tough watch: It shouts the secrets we aren’t supposed to say. In the second act, Renee gets conked on the head and wakes up believing she’s beautiful. “A Kardashian!” she beams. To us, she looks exactly the same, and the handsome idea is that self-confidence makes her beautiful. The lady nearly wins a bikini contest out of moxie. But the film’s attitude toward her shifts. Now, when Renee struts into a room, we see people shudder. A girl in an elevator is so repulsed by having to share four cubic feet of air with her, she rolls her eyes. Her tepid, but charming first date does a spit-take every time Renee brags about being hot. Beauty makes her ugly, vapid, obnoxious. The movie becomes cruel, spliced with bracingly glorious scenes where Schumer, the opposite of every screenplay girl who’s “beautiful but doesn’t know it,” pronounces herself “perfect.”

If this came out two decades ago, it’d feel revolutionary. Back then, the bravest beauty standards comedy beauty hailed Jack Black for willingly bone Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit, who mostly just got to look like, well, Gwyneth Paltrow. We’re still not really ready for an ordinary woman to play an ordinary romantic comedy lead, which is why even Schumer’s attempts have come at the genre askew.

The stand-up comic-turned-movie star would have been a pre-teen when the back pages of Seventeen Magazine peddled $12 diet tip booklets that were manuals for anorexia. (One advised girls to imagine dead mice on their food so they wouldn’t eat it.) Those were quietly banned by the time Dove hired all shapes of women to sell body lotion in their underwear. Since then, more types of faces and figures are allowed to sell lipstick – literal lip-service to the cultural conversation about inclusion. There are kids now who have always been alive in a time where corporations made room for normals, an idea I Feel Pretty‘s fictional cosmetics millionaire Avery LeClaire (a phenomenal Michelle Williams) is just absorbing.

That generation might see I Feel Pretty as a step backwards. (I hope they do.) But that Nineties pre-teen is still inside Schumer and you see her childishness in pre-concussion Renee’s belief that it’s totally possible to swap out her mom’s thighs for Miss Hadid’s if she’d just commit to SoulCycle – if only she’d just learn all the secrets and behave. Her magic moment is inspired by watching another 12-year-old make a wish in Big. Honest, adult conversations about beauty continue to be difficult (“I love my curvy wife!”) especially in an empowerment era where everyone says the correct koans about acceptance while digitally glossing their Instagrams. Insecurity was already painful. Now people are insecure about feeling insecure. From the way I Feel Pretty shudders as Renee’s new boyfriend Ethan (Rory Scovel) discovers an unphotogenic picture she’s hidden out of embarrassment, insecurity is practically a sin.

But everyone is insecure. Ethan worries he’s not macho; Avery frets that her voice is too squeaky; even Avery’s gorgeous, rich brother (Tom Hopper) is nervous over the notion that girls just date him for his fortune. Only Schumer’s character really wrestles with her shame until she stares at her true self in the mirror and sobs. We’d rather look away. It’s easier to applaud cute girls who claim they love to eat pizza – #cheatday #luvmybelly #happyfatty – while wearing a size 2 crop top. Real ugliness, the kind that comes with someone revealing her worst inner and outer flaws, still makes us cringe. Maybe Schumer will go on to make the films people seem to want her to make, where a regular girl gets a regular rom-com happy arc. That would be revolutionary, too. But she’s brave enough to show us her scars. Wanting her to cover them up is just another demand for a woman to show her best face.

Amy Schumer and her brand of raunchy, in-your-face comedy feels pretty mainstream at this point. Her first big break came in 2013 with the debut of her Comedy Central sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer, which she created, produced, wrote, and starred in. In 2015 she wrote and starred alongside Bill Hader in Trainwreck, and that’s what people describe as her tipping point. While she has multiple projects lined up (including one with BFF Jennifer Lawrence), her latest, Snatched, alongside comedy legend Goldie Hawn hits theaters this Friday. The pair play a mother daughter duo who get kidnapped during an exotic vacation to South America (now might be a good time to mention that the entire movie seems like it only perpetuates untrue stereotypes that the continent is a huge, dangerous jungle full of bad hombres).

However, just as the sky is blue and the grass is green, Schumer, like all human beings, is no angel. For years now she has been dodging incredibly problematic controversies. Whether it’s stealing other comedians’ jokes or being racist, Schumer has been accused of just about everything. We thought we’d make a handy little guide to every single problematic thing Schumer has been accused of, so you can #staywoke and make informed choices.

Stealing jokes

In 2014, Schumer did a sketch on her show Inside Amy Schumer called Slap Chef, a mock commercial for a new kind of weight loss program in which chefs cook for you, but then slap the food out of your hands before you can eat it.

Compare that to a joke from a 2011 stand up performance by Kathleen Madigan. The joke goes: “I get why poor people are fat. But Oprah, you’re a billionaire. You have enough money to pay a man to stand there and literally slap shit out of your hand before you put it in your mouth. You could hire a full-time food slapper.”

Sure, we could give Schumer the benefit of the doubt here and assume that this was merely a coincidence. They had the same thought! They have so much in common. It’s sweet, really.

And yet, Schumer’s Slap Chef sketch continues, this time advertising Sleep Gym, a new exercise program in which you’re put into a coma and trainers work you out while you’re knocked out.

Oddly enough, Madigan’s bit about Oprah continues in a rather similar direction. Still riffing on how ridiculous it is that a rich woman like Oprah is overweight, she jokes that “you’re so rich you could pay someone to exercise you. You could just lay there like a baby with cerebral palsy and have people move your legs.”

Now, what are the odds that Schumer had the same “Slap Chef” idea as Madigan and the coma exercise idea?

The similarity here is in content—Schumer hasn’t exactly copied Madigan word for word, so if you’re still on Schumer’s side, you could call it a case of parallel thinking and keep living your beautiful naive life.

But of course there’s more.

In her 2015 Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo comedy special, Schumer makes a very on-brand sex joke: “I am very old-school—I think the guy should always pay on the first date. For sex.”

This would be real hoot if it wasn’t word for word the joke that Wendy Liebman made during a stand up performance in 1999. Even their delivery is similar, barrelling through the punchline under their breath to make the joke even more unexpected.

Schumer, 2015, talking about new sex positions: “There’s the Abraham Lincoln. That’s where the guy trims his pubes, comes on a girl’s face, and throws the pubes so she has that facial hair.”

“The worst one I’ve ever heard is ‘The Houdini.’ It’s where the guy’s having sex with the girl from behind. Then, unbeknownst to her, his friend subs in for him. Guy 1 runs outside, knocks on the window, and waves to the girl.”

Patrice O’Neal, 2006: “Have you ever heard of Gorilla Mask Her? That’s when you come in her face, and then take some pubic hair and throw it at her.”

“There’s The Poltergeist. But you need your friend for this one. You’re fucking her from behind, and then you sneak out and he takes your place. And then you walk outside and wave at her through the window.””

What does Amy say about stealing jokes?

On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.

— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 20, 2016

She was featured on The Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius XM’s Opie Radio in January 2016 to clear her name. She went on to explain that it’s all because she’s so darn busy coming up “with so much material, for my TV show, this movie, stand-up, and I’m so careful… I would never do that, it would be so stupid for me to do that.” The verdict on this one is decidedly still out.

Racist jokes

Lest this entire article start sounding like a bad infomercial, just assume that when it comes to Amy Schumer being problematic, there is always a “But wait! There’s more!” moment just around the corner.

When Schumer’s jokes aren’t dangerously similar to other people’s jokes, they’re offensively racist. Here’s a list of some of the most egregious ones:

“Nothing works 100 percent of the time, except Mexicans.”

“I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.”

“I think they would be mad if I brought home an Asian guy. Just out of confusion. They would just be like, ‘I don’t understand. Do you really want to fuck this guy?’”

My Asian friend kim is really excited she just met a great guy that looks just like her dad…and her mom…and… nevermind.

— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 3, 2010

What does Amy say about racist jokes?

Schumer denies that her jokes are truly racist and plays the comedian card, arguing that because race is ~taboo~ and she’s a ~taboo~ comedian, it’s fair game. “You can call it a ‘blind spot for racism’ or ‘lazy’ but you are wrong. It is a joke and it is funny. I know because people laugh at it,” she tweeted.

The reason Schumer is wrong is that while her jokes might be funny to some, the laughter is simply a thin veil for the same discrimination that the minorities she is mocking face every day. There isn’t a single restaurant, hotel, or store that Schumer has ever set foot into that could run without the cold, hard, sweat of Latino men (and women!). Latino men have been deemed rapists by the actual President and that still makes it no less offensive. Similarly, Asian men have historically been desexualized by the media in an attempt to somehow protect the precious, fragile sexuality of the American male. These are the modern day repercussions of centuries of racist policies and mindsets, and for those who’ve been on the receiving end, there’s nothing all that funny about being told you’re less of a person because of where you’re from.

The Odell Beckham Jr. Fiasco

While we’re on the subject of racism, let’s not forget Schumer’s involvement in Lena Dunham’s strange accusations towards Odell Beckham Jr. last year. It all started with a conversation between Dunham and Schumer that was published on Dunham’s Lenny Newsletter in which Dunham whines about being ignored by the football player at the Met Gala. To be sure, this is mainly Dunham’s moment of blinding stupidity, but Schumer glosses right past Dunham’s comment in the interview, missing the chance to call her friend out.

What does Amy Say about Odell Beckham Jr.?

In a truly shocking twist, Schumer responded to one particular critic of this situation—an economics professor at The New School, mind you—with yet another racist tweet. While he attempts to explain that men of color are no more sexist than white men, she attempts to discredit him by implying that men of color catcall women more in the street, which is a gross generalization that, at best, simply misses the whole point.

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Apologizing for Kurt Metzger

At another point in the same 2016 interview from the Lenny Newsletter, Lena brings up Kurt Metzger, a writer on Inside Amy Schumer, who made fun of rape victims in a Facebook post. Many people were counting on Schumer to finally act on her feminist ideals and unequivocally denounce Metzger. Instead, Schumer chalks it up to the fact that Metzger has been “doing this for years,” and even goes on to ask “why are these women treating him like he raped someone? He’s not Bill Cosby; Kurt has never raped.”

Finally, let’s settle it once and for all: there is no hierarchy of sexual assault. While it’s factually true that Metzger’s comments don’t add up to physically raping someone, they prop up the same rape culture that paves the way for sexual discrimination. It would’ve been pretty easy for Schumer to position herself in stark opposition to this kind of rhetoric and wash her hands of the whole situation.

Perhaps more disturbingly, Dunham and Schumer go on to talk about how annoying it is that this whole Metzger deal is dulling Schumer’s spotlight. Schumer jokes that she wishes the scandals could be about her, because even though she understands why people connected her to the Metzger scandal, she “was resentful of the lack of trust. Do you believe that I feel that rape victims should be shamed on the internet? Have I built up any sort of good will?” The glaring issue here is that Schumer can’t see that any “good will” she has built up is shattered every time she refuses to stand up for fellow women. Sure, we could be talking about Schumer’s sexual assault outlined in her book (which is the reason for the interview in the first place), but it all rings pretty hollow when she wants everyone to focus only on her past and refuses to stand up for abuses against others.

What does Amy say about Kurt Metzger?

She’s tried to wriggle her way out of this one quite a few times, but the best way to summarize her response to the outrage surrounding her lack of response to Metzger’s words is through the following tweet:

I didn’t fire Kurt. He isn’t a writer for my show because we aren’t making the show anymore. There are no writers for it.

— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 18, 2016

He’s credited as a writer on a whopping 39 episodes of the sketch comedy show. Saying he’s not a writer on the show because there is no show is just semantics and a bad, fake clever attempt at dissolving responsibility.

“Formation” parody

In October of last year, months after the powerful release of Lemonade, Schumer filmed a video of herself lip synching to “Formation” alongside Snatched co-star Goldie Hawn. Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack also appear in the video. It was initially released exclusively on Tidal, and therefore seemingly had at least Jay Z’s (and probably Bey’s) approval.

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Almost immediately after the video’s release, the backlash began. Most of the claims centered around the fact that regardless of approval or not, this was not Schumer’s work to parody. It feels darkly ironic to appropriate a song from an album that explicitly champions black female empowerment.

What does Amy say about “Formation”?

Schumer wrote a whole article as a response. She loves that Beyoncé is telling “women to get in formation,” (which… duh?), admires how the album brought “us all together,” and finally reaffirms she would never want to make fun of a video that was “so moving.” However, for many, she did not really get to the heart of the matter and missed a prime opportunity to listen to the grievances of the very same women she supposedly wants to empower. Making this video was unnecessary, and that she did it anyway is another example of the trivialization of the Black experience in America. In short, stripping away the layers of meaning from another woman’s work in an attempt to call attention to yourself seems like a funny way of celebrating “us women.”

With all of that said, it is important to confirm that nobody is perfect, and the public eye magnifies celebrity’s faults in ways that are often lopsided and unfair. Amy Schumer has certainly done some problematic things, but that doesn’t mean she is an inherently bad person. The point is that the worst sin any of us could commit is to not own up to your our mistakes and forego the opportunity to learn something. Schumer—and other celebrities who get in similar situations—ought to start listening to their critics rather than immediately jumping on defense. Even better: they could start to use their large platforms to incite meaningful debate.

Amy Schumer posts nude pic on Insta with a beautiful message

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Amy Schumer is the queen of being candid, and that candidness also applies to her body. While the comedian has always been open about everything from her weight to her sex life, she’s never been one for revealing photographs unless, of course, Annie Leibovitz is behind the camera and the photo promotes body acceptance.

That’s exactly the case with the star’s most recent Instagram, which is a beautiful, unedited photo of the star almost entirely nude, wearing heels and drinking a cup of coffee like the badass New Yorker she is.

Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you Annie Leibovitz!

A photo posted by @amyschumer on Nov 30, 2015 at 7:39am PST

Already, the photo is making waves in the best way possible. Here are a few comments showing just how important this kind of body acceptance is:

Love u 4 posting a pic of ur self that looks like #mybody! #Yourock and you’re my new #superhero!

This is what I call natural beauty. Love this

I finally see women on tv that look like me. Thanks Amy, you’re my role model

Clearly, we need more of this open and unabashed body acceptance in the mainstream media, but thankfully we have someone like Amy with us now to get the ball rolling.

Schumer isn’t the only celeb to bare it all —the shot is actually part of Pirelli’s 2016 calendar, and Annie Leibovitz is the photographer behind the project. Other models for the calendar, according to Vulture, include: “Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Tavi Gevinson, Fran Lebowitz, Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Yao Chen, Mellody Hobson, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund, and Shirin Neshat.”

In the Pirelli promo video, Schumer says, “I felt I looked more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life, and I felt like it looked like me.”

(Image via Helga Esteb / .com)

  • By Kathryn Lindsay
  • Amy Schumer just posted a #TBT Instagram of the moment she found out she was pregnant.
  • In the picture, Amy is sitting on the toilet with a stunned look on her face.
  • Throughout her pregnancy and since giving birth, Amy has used social media to highlight the less glamorous parts of motherhood in hilarious ways.

Amy Schumer will forever be the internet’s relatable fave. This morning, the comedian posted a #TBT Instagram of the moment she found out she was pregnant with her baby, Gene…and she looks like any other new mom-to-be receiving the big news.

In the photo, she’s sitting on a toilet, not wearing any makeup and with her panties are around her ankle boots. (It’s a ~lewk~.) Amy looks stunned, and the pregnancy test in question sits on pal Jessica Seinfeld’s bathroom sink. (Jessica Seinfeld took the photo because Amy was at her house when it happened.) There’s also a small, equally-stunned dog at her feet.

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#tbt the day I found out I was pregnant in @jessseinfeld bathroom

A post shared by @ amyschumer on Oct 4, 2019 at 4:55am PDT

The pic is straight-up hilarious because Amy Schumer. Both fans and fellow celebs have commented on the post, many opting for nothing but crying-while-laughing emojis. Jessica Seinfeld also kept the laughs going with her comment: “And why Gene is actually MY son.” Meanwhile, one fan wrote that the photo “must be framed 💛,” and another said, “Perfect portrait of a mom-to-be!!! 👍.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Amy has gotten hilariously real about being preggers—she had a whole Netflix comedy special about it, after all.

Plus, throughout her pregnancy and since giving birth, Amy has been vocal on social media about the less glamorous aspects of motherhood, like suffering from hypermesis gravidarum, a condition characterized by extreme vomiting. She’s also spoken out about her husband’s autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, and the possibility that her son will have the condition.

“I don’t see being on the spectrum as a negative thing,” she wrote on Instagram. “My husband is my favorite person I’ve ever met. He’s kind, hilarious, interesting and talented and I admire him. Am I supposed to hope my son isn’t like that? I will pay attention and try and provide him with the tools he needs to overcome whatever challenges come up like all parents. I’d be disappointed if he liked the Big Bang Theory and Nascar not if he has ASD.”

Other celebrity moms have taken notice of Amy’s candor, too. When Amy posted about losing 10 pounds post-baby on Instagram, Jessica Simpson (who had just lost 100 pounds) cheered her on, and said, “You’re hot. Size only matters when it comes to men 😜.”

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