FILE – Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Amy Schumer arrives at the Regency Village Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
In comedienne Amy Schumer’s April 12th interview with Time, she makes clear her social consciousness, going so far as to claim that her new movie — I Feel Pretty — would be more “perfect” if only she were replaced by anyone who’s not white.
The film — set for an April 20th release — unveils the story of a frumpy, unconfident thirty-something who awakes from a head injury with the notion she has supermodel-good looks. Her newfound self-image and its resultant bravado open a world of opportunity. What ensues is played for laughs, and according to Time’s assessment, the standup comic occupies the role expertly.
Speaking on the movie’s themes of beauty and self-worth, Schumer insists, “I was always like that, at 5 years old, just demanding equality.”
To the Golden Globe nominee’s thinking, it appears, equality and justice are more likely to be achieved on the Left side of the aisle.
Perhaps most of all, however, her heart lies with social justice.
One statement to Time:
“I would love to see a time in the near future where it’s not a special issue when they have someone who’s above a size 4 or a woman of color on a magazine.”
Not all of Schumer’s efforts to be “woke” have been perfect 10’s: Her Tidal-released tribute to Beyonce’s song “Formation” reaped a blacklash. Labeled a racist parody, the video amassed hefty accusations of cultural appropriation. The YouTube version garnered twice as many dislikes as likes, and the Twitterverse wasn’t kind:
— Victoria Weinstein (@peacebang) October 24, 2016
Perhaps she’s trying to make amends:
“’It’s not a perfect movie,’ she says of I Feel Pretty, which she also produced. ‘It would be great if my role had been played by a woman of color and there were more trans people in it, more people with disabilities.’”
Schumer’s certainly right about one thing: The media and Hollywood do indeed favor appearance over substance. Hair, skin, fitness, and features take precedence over intelligence and inner beauty.
Perhaps in her next movie, she can raise the level of equity and fulfill her vision.
But, according to her own words, that will require her to focus on someone’s looks — the shade of their skin.
And it will necessarily mean she steps out of the spotlight so someone else can take it.
Will she do that very thing?
If so, I applaud her for sticking to her principles.