Amy Schumer made a name for herself as a raunchy, no-holds barred comedienne. Her fans love the fact that she pushes boundaries and uses her comedy to make bold social statements.
But with increased popularity, she’s also faced her share of backlash over not just her jokes, but her public persona. Here are all the most controversial things Schumer has done, leading up to the one biggest — and very controversial — reason fans gave up on her.
10. Her response to being fat shamed was controversial
There’s definitely something to be said for Schumer’s unwillingness to be body shamed. But some fans found her reaction to conversations about her weight to be counterproductive to the body positivity movement.
Schumer made it clear that she wasn’t cool with being called plus-sized. But model Ashley Graham pointed out that Schumer lashing out at the ‘plus-size’ label felt like a “double standard.” Graham told Cosmo, “I can see both sides, but Amy talks about being a big girl in the industry… You thrive on being a big girl, but when you’re grouped in with us, you’re not happy about it?”
Schumer, for her part, responded to the controversy by explaining why she was upset with the label in the first place. She told Jimmy Fallon, “there’s nothing wrong with being plus-size,” but that in general, “people really don’t really like being classified as plus-size. We don’t need these labels. We don’t need ‘em.”
Next: Schumer short changed fans who shelled out big dough to see her.
9. Some fans feel like Schumer ripped them off
These days, a night out to see your favorite musician or comedian isn’t cheap. So fans who shelled out big bucks to see Schumer on tour were, understandably, expecting some big laughs.
But her 2015 show in Portland lasted less than 45 minutes, even though fans paid more than $80 to be there. And for those fans, that wasn’t a laughing matter. According to Schumer, the venue booked her for two shows that night. So she had to cut her first set short to make time for the second audience.
Schumer chalked it up as a “rookie mistake.” But that didn’t help the fans who felt they’d been shorted, and never received a refund.
Next: Schumer’s political beliefs were a hard pass for some fans.
8. Schumer’s political rants went too far for some fans
Like many other celebrities, Schumer hasn’t been shy about her political beliefs. She’s been a vocal advocate for gun control measures, and has also been critical of Trump.
But some fans didn’t appreciate her mixing comedy with politics during a 2016 stop on her stand-up tour. Roughly 200 fans walked out of her Tampa show when she called Trump an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.”
Schumer responded to the fans in a letter. She wrote, “I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now.”
Next: Most fans agree that Schumer went way too far with this joke.
7. Schumer made a really bad joke about another celebrity’s death
At this point, it should be pretty obvious that Schumer doesn’t mince words where her comedy is concerned. But even her staunchest fans agreed she went too far during Comedy Central’s Roast for Charlie Sheen.
The 2011 TV special aired just months after Jackass star Ryan Dunn died in a car crash. During the roast, Schumer used his death to take a jab at his longtime friend, Steve-O. “I’m sorry for the loss of your friend,” she said. “I know you were thinking, ‘It could have been me,’ and I know we were all thinking ‘Why wasn’t it?’”
Fans in the audience booed Schumer, but she continued on with the rest of her set. Steve-O later tweeted that Schumer felt “horrible” about the joke, and asked fans to forgive her.
Next: Schumer may not be as original as she likes to claim she is.
6. She has been accused of stealing jokes multiple times
Comedians’ careers live or die on the strength of their jokes. But it seems that Schumer may not be able to take credit for many of the bits that helped make her famous.
Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan, and others have all accused Schumer of stealing their jokes and passing them off as her own. The comedienne defended herself, tweeting, “On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.”
But some fans looked into the accusations, and found there were similarities between Schumers’ jokes and others. And the idea that she found fame using someone else’s material leaves a bad taste in their mouths.
5. Her circle of friends rubs some the wrong way
For some fans, though, Schumer’s close bond with these actresses isn’t a good look. Some were quick to point out that Lawrence and Schumer’s friendship came out of nowhere.
And that led them to question whether the newfound BFFs were really close, or just trying to grab headlines.
Next: When Schumer spoke up for a friend, she found herself in the midst of a controversy all her own.
4. Schumer took a controversial stand in supporting Dunham
In 2016, Schumer interviews Dunham for a Lenny Letter article. And during the course of their conversation, Dunham made controversial remarks about NFL player Odell Beckham Jr.
Dunham claimed that he ignored her at a Met Gala event, and her reaction to the snub was both self-absorbed and racially charged. The Girls actress eventually apologized for how she characterized Beckham Jr. But Schumer stood her ground and supported Dunham despite the backlash.
In taking Dunham’s side, she proved to be a good friend. But it also caused some fans to question whether Schumer is tolerant of racism, or even racist herself. Her response to the accusations didn’t endear her to fans who found her comments to be tone deaf. She said, “I can’t think of anybody I’m racist against.”
Next: Schumer took another controversial figure’s side.
3. She chose the wrong time to stand up for a controversial colleague
In 2016, Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger found himself at the center of controversy after mocking rape victims in a Facebook post. And fans felt that Schumer dropped the ball when it came to her response to Metzger’s post.
At first, it seemed like she was handling the situation appropriately. She tweeted, “I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn’t be more against his recent actions.”
But then, during her Lenny Letter conversation with Dunham, she expressed annoyance at how fans had responded to Metzger’s words. She told Dunham that Metzger had been making controversial comments “for years.” And then she went further, saying, “why are these women treating him like he raped someone? He’s not Bill Cosby; Kurt has never raped.”
For many fans, Schumer’s response completely missed the point. And it served as yet another example of the comedienne’s tendency to be on the wrong side of an important issue.
Next: Schumer’s controversial brand of humor doesn’t sit well with some fans.
2. Schumer struggled to show she wasn’t racist when she tweeted something, well, racist
In the midst of the Dunham debacle, Schumer didn’t exactly help build a case that she was tolerant. A fan tweeted that Dunham and Schumer failed to see “misogyny among men of color, while hideously prevalent, is no more so than among white men.”
Schumer’s response was to double down on a harmful racial stereotype. She replied to the fan, “how would you know? Statistically who is hollerin at you in the street more pa?”
The backlash came back in full force, this time aimed at Schumer. She deleted the tweet soon after. But for some fans, the damage was done.
Next: That wasn’t the only racist thing Schumer has said.
1. Schumer has a long history of racially insensitive jokes
Before she became a movie and TV star, Schumer worked constantly as a stand-up comedienne. And during that time, she told her fair share of jokes that could be interpreted as racist.
She’s joked that Latinas are “crazy” and made a joke implying that Hispanic men are rapist. Schumer maintains that she’s just making a joke. She’s also made fun of Asian people. But many have pointed out that when Schumer perpetuates stereotypes in her comedy, she’s helping promote racism whether she means to or not.
When a fan called Schumer on her past jokes, she offered an apology on Twitter. But some felt that her explanation — that she was playing a “dumb blonde” in her stand-up routine — didn’t do enough to show that she understood the jokes were wrong
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