In the wake of Jennifer Lawrence's commentary this week about gender pay-gap issues in the film industry, Amy Schumer took the spotlight Saturday night when she addressed a double standard in comedy.
The Emmy Award-winning comedian hosted a one-hour comedy special on HBO, titled Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo. Inside the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y., the 34-year-old weaved a critique of gender-inequality issues into her set.
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"I'm labeled a sex comic," says Schumer. "I think it's just 'cause I’m a girl. I feel like a guy could get up here and literally pull his dick out, and everyone would be like, 'He's a thinker.' " In other words, she suggests that male comics can tell her exact same sex jokes without getting labeled with judgmental stereotypes.
In this Chris Rock-directed special, Schumer did not just harp on a double standard among men and women in the comedy world. She also pointed out the media's role in perpetuatingnotions about male and female sexuality in general.
"I just think that sex is explained incorrectly as far as men and women’s roles go," she said. "It’s like we’re all told over and over again men love sex, and women just deal with it. Right? Like every article, every sitcom, it's always the guy getting home from work like, 'Honey, how about tonight?' And she's always like, 'Blah.' "
"You’re made to feel really weird and disgusting if you're a girl who loves to have sex," Schumer continued.
Of course, Schumer was just trying to make the audience laugh, and during most of her HBO gig, she did just that. Not only did she start off her comedy hour playing Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" ("Bitches ain't shit, and they ain't saying nothing/A hundred mothaf—ers can't tell me nothin' "), but she also had her audience roaring over her classic self-deprecating humor.
One of her most memorable bits was the story of her personal trainer for the movie Trainwreck, who instantly recognized an uphill battle when he took on Schumer as a client. She joked that when the trainer looked at her, he tried to "look brave like you would for a burn victim."
Even within this comedic context, Schumer hinted (under a thick veil of sarcasm) that some of her comments about gender inequality were no laughing matter.