She’s here. She’s everywhere. Why is everyone obsessed with Amy Schumer?
Amy Schumer has become the funny friend we all wish we had. She farts, she burps, she trips in front of Kim and Kanye, she talks about dick all the time and to top it off, she’s damn clever too. Fighting sexism has always remained one of Amy’s favourite topics, and she mastered the art of smart comedy in such a way that you’ll be fist pumping the air and will only realise why some time after the show finishes.
As with the sudden rise of a pop-culture doyenne, a moment of reflection comes when we get start to wonder – why her? What is it about Amy Schumer that make us want to fall at HER feet? Well, after some head scratching and a few hours of a gratuitous Amy Schumer Youtube binge out, I reckon I have it figured out.
Here’s my complete list of Why We Love Amy Schumer.
She’s normal. SO. NORMAL.
With the ferocity of a Mack truck, Amy confronts all of the ‘normal’ things women spend so much of their time hiding. Amy contracts an STD. Amy has a one night stand. Amy struggles with her weight, and moderating her consumption of wine, and making guys wear a condom. She deals with men telling her she’s too fat, or not pretty enough; and trying to keep up with her friends that are moving into wedding/baby/mortgage land and she’s not. Amy is our hero for shouting out these very normal situations from the rooftops….and making all of us feel that little bit more normal for doing so.
She uses humour for good, not evil.
Comedians are known for using controversial topics to their advantage; inciting laughter mostly because their audience is nervous to be next on the chopping block. Amy Schumer, on the other hand, rises about the usual offensive fodder and uses her time in the spotlight to draw attention to the issues that really matter. Sexism. Unfair treatment of women in the media. Sexual assault. Slut shaming. The nervous laughter in the audience should now just be the jerks who inspired her jokes. Go girl!
She’s fought off the Hollywood airbrush syndrome.
Amy is not a member of the cookie-cutter Hollywood set, who seem to be getting browner, thinner, and showing less facial movement by the day. In Amy’s words,