Amy Schumer: 'Sex Is Explained Incorrectly to Us'

Comedian and comic actor opens up in CBS profile
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2015 2:40 PM CDT
Comedian Amy Schumer attends the 74th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Sunday, May 31, 2015, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – With her star rising and her provocative, punchy humor generating an is-she-feminist-or-politically-incorrect-or-what media debate, Amy Schumer opened up about her life and attitudes in a CBS News profile. Among the highlights:

  • On sex: "Sex is just explained incorrectly to us. It's like everything—magazines, sitcoms. Men 'love' sex, and women just deal with it."
  • On her character in the film Trainwreck: "Girls have this reputation for, like, being crazy and 'Marry me!' right away. And I don't know any girls like that, actually. I know it exists. But for me. ... Guys become the crazy texter."
  • About rape-awareness jokes on her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer: "Maybe a girl will see this that this happened to and she'll feel less alone. Maybe a guy sees it and think, 'Oh that joke where she said, It's not cool if the girl was sleeping, and it's not cool if I film it'—you know, maybe that'll get in there."
  • On feminism: "It's so crazy that people don't identify as feminists. I think it's only people that don't know the definition."
  • On fans: "A lot of ... girls will come up to me, and they're like, 'Oh my God, like, I'm you!' Like, 'I'm literally you.' 'No, you're who I'm doing a parody of.'"
  • Her advice to students in a high-school drama class where the walks in unexpectedly: "You should just, like, totally look in the mirror and just love yourself, and be like, 'This is the package I come in, and I'm just gonna embrace it.' And don't try and make your parents proud, because it's impossible. They don't understand!"
  • On taking care of her dad, who had MS: "It affects your relationships for sure. Everybody I meet and I'm like, 'Yeah, he's cool, but would I push him in a wheelchair? Would I want him to push me?' So yeah, I go there pretty quick."

Click for more, or read an analysis of "the persecution of Amy Schumer" at the Daily Beast.

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