Amy Schumer Talks Body Image, Fires Back at Claims of Racial Insensitivity

Amy Schumer isn’t afraid to speak her mind. 

Over the weekend, the comedian had to defend her not once, but twice. During a press conference for her new movie Trainwreck, Schumer spoke about her reputation for being candid about sexism in Hollywood.

When asked her thoughts on how her body image in Hollywood, she said

It’s very therapeutic for me to be like, ‘Yes, I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird,’ and I like speaking to that, as well as speaking to my work and what I’m doing.

She also defended gender representations in her new movie. Schumer plays a serial dater with what some have perceived as having an act-like-a-man-attitude.

A lot of people have asked me if I intended to kind of flip the gender roles like I’m playing the guy, and that’s not been my experience at all. This is how I am and how a lot of girls are where the guy ends up being a little more sensitive and more invested. So the scene where I get high and then John [Cena’s] character looks through my phone, and then instead of comforting him I ask if I can leave – that did happen in my real life.

The 34-year-old also had to defend herself against claims that her comedy is racially insensitive. “I am a comic,” Schumer wrote. “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with.”

The post appears to be a response to an article published in the Guardian on Sunday (June 28, 2015) accusing her of having “a large blind spot around race.” Schumer’s response doesn’t mention the article directly, but cites the same quote about a “blind spot.”

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