Amy Schumer’s Net Worth: How Rich Is the Comedian and Actress?
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer recently made headlines for refusing to appear in Super Bowl ads to protest the “deep inequality and endless racism” in the United States. She added that Rihanna has reportedly dropped out of the halftime show because of the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, and Schumer urged Maroon 5 to do the same.
Fans may or may not like the stand that Schumer is taking. But Super Bowl ads are infamously expensive to make and run, so Schumer is potentially foregoing the opportunity for a big payday. Can she afford to do that? Here’s what you need to know about Amy Schumer’s net worth.
Amy Schumer’s net worth is impressive
Bankrate reports that Amy Schumer got her big break in 2007, when she was cast in the competition Last Comic Standing. Her first comedy special, Mostly Sex Stuff, aired on Comedy Central in 2012. And a year later, she debuted her weekly sketch comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer. Her comedy specials and sketch show earned her critical acclaim, but Bankrate notes that it was her film Trainwreck, released in 2015, that “pushed her into the big leagues,” with the movie earning more than $140 million worldwide.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Amy Schumer’s net worth at $16 million. Forbes estimates that Schumer earned $37.5 million in 2017, enough to land her on the list of the highest-paid comedians in the world. She’s the first woman to ever make the list, according to Forbes, with her Comedy Central show, a Netflix stand-up show, The Leather Special; her book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo; and endorsement deals contributing to her earnings.
She’s made some controversial choices in her career
Though plenty of people love Amy Schumer’s brand of comedy, she’s courted controversy throughout her career. Complex notes that “Whether it’s stealing other comedians’ jokes or being racist, Schumer has been accused of just about everything.” Time reported that “Amy Schumer’s feminism can’t make up for her racial insensitivity,” noting that the comedian has a “complicated history” of using racist tropes to make jokes. The Washington Post reports that Schumer has “used her stage to play and profit off race while people of color bear the brunt of racial violence.”
Plus, her record as a feminist isn’t unassailable, either. The Atlantic characterized Schumer’s movie I Feel Pretty as a failed feminist fable, “a hopeless muddle of conflicting messages that frequently upholds the very stereotypes it is intended to rebut.” The Daily Dot noted back in 2015 that “many of her jokes aren’t as enlightened as they might seem.” The publication explained that “Her jokes target a primarily white audience, often at the expense of people of color,” and Schumer “frequently makes jokes that perpetuate stereotypes rather than dismantle them” — even though her work “is being touted as the Best New Feminist Thing.”
Schumer ‘missed the point’ about the fight for equal pay
In addition to not exactly living up to her reputation as a feminist icon, Amy Schumer has missed the point about women’s fight for equal pay, W Magazine reports. When news broke that Schumer negotiated with Netflix over her pay for her comedy special, said that she didn’t want to be paid the same amount as Chris Rock or Dave Chapelle. “Her emphasis on the specific case — her pay in relation to that of Chappelle and Rock — misses the mark,” the publication reports. “Pay parity in Hollywood transcends any individual woman’s relationship with any other man; it’s a systemic issue that affects women at every level and on both sides of the camera.”
As a blonde, white woman, Amy Schumer is the first and only woman to make the Forbes list of the highest-paid comedians, a milestone that black women in comedy will need to break down racist and sexist barriers to achieve. Yet Schumer hasn’t thoughtfully addressed the comedy industry’s sexism, which The Boston Globe reports is alive and well. And she doesn’t take a nuanced view of racism or what The Daily Beast characterizes as the “institutional prejudice” of the comedy industry.
Schumer and her fans have defended her jokes, her movies, and her comments. But critics can only hope that she includes herself when she says that “we all have room to learn.”
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