Hire Me, Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has found herself pitched aloft on the tides of Twitter after a ringing endorsement of her comedy in The Guardian was topped off with a paragraph about Schumer’s “blind spot around race.”

I respect Schumer! Still respect her!!! I think she’s funny, an important voice in comedy right now, and her show is often brilliant. I think the points leveled against her are somewhat legitimate and others can be (and have been) refuted, but I don’t wanna be here all night. So.

Here’s Amy’s response.

Every. Single. Time.

What is so hard about this, comics? Why can’t you address this sort of shit with some care and aplomb? Is it because comedians are so shitty to each other that you grow this prickliness, porcupine’d forever as a career security blanket? Is it that comedy is all you feel you’ve got, and if it’s attacked in any shape or form your fight-or-flight kicks in? Are you simply serving it up to your main demo, pissy fuccbois who wanna see you be mean to those quee blac femal disabl whiners?

Why do my heroes keep making me think I’m dumb for respecting them? I don’t want to be mean or ranty, but shit, I keep getting burned! Authors don’t do this to me! Musicians? Artists? They don’t give me the same trouble.

AMY! You don’t have to kick this off with an insult! Who opposed to you is going to calm down when you imply they’re setting themselves aflame in their anger? Who has ever received condescension with a refreshed smile, prepared to guzzle all the fluff you’ve wedged into these one-and-a-half screenshots? (He wrote, condescending to a famous comedian.)

But it is. It’s fluff with a capital F-FF, you may as well have written “I’ve synergized my workflow into laughter moving forward.” How do you expect people will read “I’m a devout feminist and lover of all people?” Feminism is intrinsically about not using it as a shield. How does your statement of faith (so “devout”) come across to people who feel marginalized? Who can take you at your word– anyone at their word– when you say that you’re a lover of all people? Are you Jesus? MLK? They’re the last ones who really got away with saying that shit, people believed them so hard they were killed over it. I don’t think you’re reaching martyr levels for your global touchy-feels yet.

How can you, one of our preeminent comic voices, a woman who I REALLY DO TRUST to tackle bitter subjects with grace, still collapse under the lightest scrutiny I’ve seen in a long time? Remember Tosh? Michael Richards? Trevor Noah? (Two of ’em still have lucrative careers, and I’m sure Kramer lives on an island he owns somewhere, snapping through doorframes with only the breeze to join him).

Because Amy, here’s a really obnoxious part: you have SO many white feminists behind you, nodding in assent because they don’t want their TV show stolen by the angry minorities who’re always complaining so much more, making the proper, pure-to-the-point-of-albinism feminists look bad. The whitefems try so hard all the time that, like, can’t they just have this? Ugh- They’re the exact sort of feminists who will take after your example, believing they can ward off criticism by saying “guys. I really do it good. Im the femsisnism,”

Here, Amy, I’m your new PR flack. (Ain’t it just like a dude to assume a gal needs help?)

I read Heisey’s article on me in The Guardian, and appreciated all the great shit she had to say about me. Great shit about me is always welcome, same as bad shit about me. We all know where my compliment box is, but my complaint box is also always open (and it’s not my ass). That said, I have to disagree to a point with Heisey’s claim that I have a ‘shockingly large blind spot around race.’ Her example of my race-based stand-up is out-of-touch. I haven’t had racial material in my act for the past two years because of what I’ve come to learn from my audiences and our society. That said, it was shitty that me and the writing team for the MTV Movie Awards couldn’t come up with anything less hacky & race-based for a bit that combined both Selma Hayek, an incredibly talented Latina actress, and Selma, a film about a moment so crucial to the story of civil rights in America. We’ll have to do better next time, and I understood the criticism that followed. Besides, I pissed off J-Lo. Who would dare cross J-Lo twice? Affleck did. Now he’s dead, I think. I hope.

Ultimately, I do what I can to relate the messages I think are important, and I try to hear everything you guys share with me. I love what we’ve been able to take on with the show, we seem to spark discussion about racism, sexism, & jism all the time, and it sounds like Heisey and most of you agree. I may not hit the mark every sketch or joke, but I want to prove I’m listening. So I’ll keep trying for that, and I’ll apologize now, and apologize again in the future I’m sure. And if you want the show to continue giving us a voice, if you want the episodes to keep coming, I need you to chant it with me now: KEEP COMING INSIDE AMY SCHUMER!! KEEP COMING INSIDE AMY SCHUMER!!

Hit me up on Venmo if you wanna post this, Amy. It won’t come cheap; despite my continued hopes, care is still a rare commodity in the comedy biz.

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You guys know how when you go to Chipotle, you spend all that time in the line, watching someone else fold your food (should food ever be folded? lol), repeating your order three times over, bumping elbows with other customers, and right when you get to the cash register they ALWAYS ask if you want guac and the first thing that pops into your head is “no i never dropped brayden off at preschool he is still strapped into his car seat at the park-n-ride under the sun nonon no n !. n

Chrono Trigger, “Frog’s Theme”

I’ve been falling asleep to SNES soundtracks for the past few weeks: Super Mario RPG, Earthbound, the Donkey Kong Country series. (Brave Fencer Musashi, despite releasing for PSX, makes the cut.) They’re fun because they well up positive feelings but aren’t so distracting as to keep me awake. All familiar friends.

It’s had me thinking about the necessary limitations to the form; a lot of these soundtracks were evoking a wide span of genres, and did so without, like, real instruments. “Frog’s Theme” is a fun example. It’s a highlight not just in terms of Chrono Trigger, but the SNES era. Inspirational, chivalrous, it sounds like a medieval march with a touch of desperado. It sums up the character’s motivation (literally a frog prince saving his liege, the Queen), fits the Middle-Ages-era he comes from, and wedges hard in your brain despite containing the musical data of a cellphone ringtone. It’s the best looped 45 seconds you’ll hear all day, or maybe ever– why would anyone compose a tune like this again?

Dillon Francis, “Not Butter”

Clown prince Diplo-sidekick Dillon Francis releases a wonderful deconstruction of music videos and the EDM marketing process, amping up the sequence in response to ad exec “notes.” I would’ve liked to see more silliness along the way (the party goes from normal to vapid to orgy, which are pretty pedestrian categories if we’re supposed to be going balls-out as Francis intends) though the final shots almost make up for what’s lacking.

All that said, in a music video about music videos, it’s a little weird he didn’t touch on the fact that “Not Butter” was on an album released eight months ago. There’s this seemingly-new tactic going around where songs are getting pushed at particular times– this isn’t a case of “Not Butter” suddenly going global like, for instance, Lorde’s “Royals” and her ensuing career. This is more akin to the video for smash 2014 hit “Turn Down For What” debuting four months after the single dropped, with summer conveniently around the corner. Music videos are being strategically released by labels to influence our pop standards, a task formerly best suited to radio play schedules. Change in the air.

“When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that’s what I had to ask myself a lot. It’s like, I know you’re going to look at me more if my breasts are out, so look at me. And then I’m going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you.”

– Miley Cyrus is an evolved Kardashian.