On Sunday, July 12th, the New York Times printed an entire article about how awesome Amy Schumer is. And I puked a little in my mouth. The article, titled “The Sneaky Power of Amy Schumer” should have been called “The Not So Sneaky Power of White Privilege.”
The article as a whole is literally a love letter to Schumer. Melena Ryzik, the writer, states “By giving selfies and boy bands the same political and comic weight as rape and reproductive rights, Ms. Schumer, 34, has emerged as a feminist hero, able to transform from the butt of her own jokes to a savvy debunker of double standards.”
Let’s not forget the video where Schumer uses black bodies in the background, as a joke. Let’s not forget her degrading jokes focused on Latinos. Racism is not funny, but it seems that since Schumer is white, she gets to do what she wants. And it’s pretty clear that white feminists drool over her and her privilege.
When Schumer was confronted about her derogatory comments towards Latino men, she defended herself. White people take heed: if people of color tell you something is racist, you should probably listen. She later apologized, but only after claiming that she’s a “taboo buster.” The taboo that Latino men are all rapists? I think she would get along great with Donald Trump.
I am so done with Amy Schumer. In classic white feminist fashion, she defended her racist jokes, and then was hailed as a feminist leader. Why is this ok for white feminists? It seems that when women of color are outraged, white feminists come to Shumer’s rescue, saying that we all need to be able to take a joke. News flash: you do not get to decide what is offensive to me. I am offended. Women of color are offended. If that is not enough to see that something is wrong, then you have some serious work to do.
If your feminism is not intersectional, Amy, then gtfo. I want no part of it.