Complex- Amy Schumer was recently criticized for her jokes about race in an essay published by the Guardian, titled "Amy Schumer: comedy's viral queen." "For such a keen observer of social norms," the author wrote, "Schumer has a shockingly large blind spot around race."
This is not the first time Schumer has been criticized for the use of race in her comedy—earlier this month, the Daily Dot published a piece called "Amy Schumer isn't as feminist as the internet thinks." In her jokes, she's speared Hispanic men ("I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.") and women ("How good was Gone Girl? If you didn't see it, it's the story of what one crazy white woman, or all Latinas do.") In response to the Daily Dot essay, Schumer tweeted "hahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahshahaahhsshahahhahahaahah."
Well, here we are folks. This is what our overly politically correct society requires these days. Comedians to outwardly state that their jokes are indeed jokes. People who get paid to make people laugh having to apologize for making people laugh. Amy Schuler basically just wrote down the long winded definition of 'comedian'. That's not so much an apology or an explanation as it is a job description.
Oh no, Amy poked fun at race and gender stereotypes. I can't believe she didn't go with the far less controversial knock-knock jokes or cringeworthy puns. Has society forgotten that basically all comedians do it is make light of certain aspects of society? We are talking about a woman that spends about half the time making fun of herself. You can't be prejudice if your jokes are directed towards everyone. If Schuler got on stage and did a half hour on why she hates Latino people then you might have an argument. Until that happens she is just taking divisive topics and making them funny. Here's an idea, if you don't want to be offended don't watch a comedy show. I think almost every joke I have laughed at over the last 5 years could be construed as offensive to someone. 'Safe material' isn't funny. Who was the last successful 'safe' comic? Bill Cosby? We all saw how that one worked out. Generally the people that get on stage and marginalize a group of people for a laugh aren't the same people that do so in real life. Call me when Amy Schuler is pulling a Mike Richards and dropping enough 'N' bombs to fill a Klan rally. Until then can't we just accept that comedy is an outlet to laugh about sensitive topics like race, gender, and sexual orientation? Everyone is so concerned with being mad about something these days that now we have people using comedy to satisfy their need for anger instead of humor. Laughing at a black joke doesn't make you Dylann Roof and laughing at a Jewish joke doesn't make you Hitler. However, being outraged at either one in the context of a comedy show does make you a fucking asshole.