How did one comedian come to represent all funny women?
No one’s been trolled harder than Amy Schumer. Ever since her stand-up special was released on Netflix, Schumer has gone off the radar. The reviews of Schumer’s “The Leather Special” are almost too brutal to read. One IMDB review is titled, “If this show was a smell, it would smell of fermented beans and disease.” Another reviewer wrote, “[It’s] no wonder she resorts to stealing jokes, her only original joke is that she is a gross slut (her words).” A lot of reviewers seem to resort to slut-shaming, but Schumer does joke about sex for almost the entire special. It’s hard to tell whether these reviewers are being sexist or if they just want to see more material that’s not all based on sex and gross-out humor.
I watched “The Leather Special” before all the bad reviews came out, and I found it pretty funny. Personally, a lot of Schumer’s jokes make me laugh, even the gross sex stuff. What bothers me most about Schumer is the joke stealing controversy. While many comedians can accidentally write jokes inspired by other stand-up specials, there’s just too much evidence against Schumer to give her the benefit of the doubt.
If I had to guess what was Schumer’s fatal mistake in preparing for “The Leather Special,” I’d say all evidence points to the outfit. Schumer may not be a twig, but she’s an attractive, talented woman with a great body. Sadly, that leather outfit was so unflattering that it became distracting. Combined with jokes about taking loads of jizz on her chest, the whole vibe of the show came off as too repulsive for audiences to endure.
As a woman, I want all female comedians to succeed. I’m sick of the stereotype that women aren’t funny. Unfortunately, sexist trolls have flocked to Schumer, labeling her as the representative of all female comedians. Whether or not you like Amy Schumer, remember that she’s just one woman. She may have had a monopoly on female comedy for fifteen minutes, but don’t let her short-lived popularity cast a shadow on hilarious women like Whitney Cummings, Natasha Leggero, Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes, and Maria Bamford.
Schumer may have her flaws, but a lot of male comedians also make questionable decisions. Take Jeff Dunham, for instance. He literally uses puppets in his stand-up and promotes Islamophobia and racism against Mexicans. Where are his Internet trolls? Amy Schumer’s career exemplifies how hard it can be for female comedians to find their niche in showbiz. Unfortunately for Schumer, heavily relying on the lustful party-girl persona does not always go as smoothly as planned.