It will come as no surprise that I'm a big fan of Amy Schumer.
There's this, of course:
She's inappropriate, self-deprecating, politically incorrect, cutting edge and, of course, funny as hell. She makes people uncomfortable. She talks about things women don't - or aren't supposed to - talk about (like, for instance, one's own vagina). She's knows what's fucked up (for example: women's magazines, sexting, men's booty obsession) and flips it on its head, relentlessly and hilariously. She understands the trials and tribulations of not being perfect in a world that wants women to be perfect. She throws that back in everyone's faces.
So, it's funny...because it's true.
On top of the genius she unleashes in her Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer" and her stand-up, she's a bad ass motherfucker (BAMF) in real life too.
1) The speech she gave when receiving the "Trailblazer of the Year" award at the Glamour UK Women of the Year awards in early June:
2) She's generous: she left a $500 tip for a server on Long Island who was putting himself through college. Read the story from the NY Post here.
3) The speech she gave to the Gloria Awards and Gala, hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women on May 1, 2014:
After relaying her experiences from college - her lack self confidence, not fitting in, body image issues - she details a one night stand that goes awry. But from that experience she realized she "became [her] own fairy godmother."
Here's an excerpt:
"I was looking down at myself from the ceiling fan. What happened to this girl? How did she get here? I felt the fan on my skin and I went, 'Oh, wait! I am this girl! We got to get me out of here!' I became my own fairy godmother. I waited until the last perfect note floated out, and escaped from under him and out the door. I never heard from Matt again, but felt only grateful for being introduced to my new self, a girl who got her value from within her. I'm also grateful to Matt for introducing me to my love Sam Cooke, who I'm still with today.
Now I feel strong and beautiful. I walk proudly down the streets of Manhattan. The people I love, love me. I make the funniest people in the country laugh, and they are my friends. I am a great friend and an even better sister. I have fought my way through harsh criticism and death threats for speaking my mind. I am alive, like the strong women in this room before me. I am a hot-blooded fighter and I am fearless. But I did morning radio last week, and a DJ asked, 'Have you gained weight? You seem chunkier to me. You should strike while the iron is hot, Amy.' And it's all gone. In an instant, it's all stripped away. I wrote an article for Men's Health and was so proud, until I saw instead of using my photo, they used one of a 16-year-old model wearing a clown nose, to show that she's hilarious. But those are my words. What about who I am, and what I have to say? I can be reduced to that lost college freshman so quickly sometimes, I want to quit. Not performing, but being a woman altogether. I want to throw my hands in the air, after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, 'All right! You got it. You figured me out. I'm not pretty. I'm not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice. I'll start wearing a burqa and start waiting tables at a pancake house. All my self-worth is based on what you can see.' But then I think, 'Fuck that.' I am not laying in that freshman year bed anymore ever again. I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you."
(Read the entire speech here.)
I think we have a new -- and fucking hilarious -- advocate out there ladies.
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