When Inside Amy Schumer hit the mainstream, I was all support. I'm all for this brand of big-girls-with-big-game material that has recently overtaken comedy (think Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, et al) and it makes me terribly happy because it's always fun, fresh and relatable.
At the point that Amy Schumer burst on the scene, I was intrigued by her cavalier vagina-centric chatter and her disparaging (but very real) purview of relationships. I laughed at her and with her and because of her, while my boyfriend stared on with an amused brow amped all the way up to super-wry.
So when I stumbled upon this painstakingly-created video that tallied every single joke with who she had stolen it from (and how), it made me a little sad—and a whole lot angry.
I strongly recommend you take a few minutes to watch at least part of the 26 minute runtime before you read the rest:
I felt betrayed, not even as a woman, but just as a lover of comedy and bastion of originality. The idea of stealing material to me, was tantamount to stealing from the poor in a monetary, capitalist sense.
The end segment , in particular, put me off because it had Amy Schumer defending her plagiarism with feminism. When she was asked blatantly by a press member about stealing jokes, she replied with "Yeah, I'm the first woman ever to make jokes about the female body, and men." An answer which was lauded by her captive audience.
What made me sick about her attitude was that feminism was being used as a defence mechanism for being an outright thief. Like it was okay that her material was essentially using jokes written by hard-working comedians on different scales of 'trying-to-make-it-big' because it was all centred around the female body and daily struggle—something she felt she had a God-given right to speak about.
It's this type of woman that boils my blood the most. The kind of woman that uses the notion of feminism as a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card, and does whatever the f*ck she wants because, you know, #GirlPower.
The whole point of feminism is to be equal. Equal rights, equal f*cking responsibility. Pretending like you're exempt from following the laws of common decency because you see yourself as this fabulous feminist icon isn't okay—and having built your entire reputation on it just makes me so angry again, first a person and then as a woman.
I could go on a lengthy tirade about my utter disgruntlement, but I suggest you decide for yourself if the minor tweaks to these other comedians routines can pass off for 'original'.
And honestly, if the consensus is that they do, my heart breaks for humanity.
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