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
Amy Schumer: 'Sex Is Explained Incorrectly to Us'
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)

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. (More comedian stories.)

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