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 signaled virtue, 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 is not white.
The film — set for an April 20th release — is doubtful to have the shelf life of classic English poetry yet is buoyed by a premise relevant and fertile enough to engage its target audience. It unveils the story of a frumpy, unconfident thirty-something who awakes from a head injury with the delusion that 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.
For Schumer, “standup” is a particularly applicable word — she certainly isn’t one to sit back and wait for compliments or characterizations of righteousness; she’d rather beat you to the punch. Speaking on the movie’s themes of beauty and self-worth, she insists, “I was always like that, at 5 years old, just demanding equality.”
To the Golden Globe nominee’s thinking, equality and justice are achieved by the implementation of left-wing politics, which she has publicly espoused in recent years. In addition to her 2016 endorsement of Hillary Clinton and her outspoken support for gun control, Schumer has made a point of regularly lamenting the existence of Donald Trump. Perhaps most of all, however, her heart lies with social justice — particularly if it augments her selfless image.
One statement to Time regarding a just world seems both self-serving and head-scratchingly indicative of her lack of awareness:
“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.”
Schumer thinks non-whites don’t routinely grace the cover of magazines? Where has she been?
As for the size 4 matter, it’s likely she’s thinking of herself: she appeared in a 2016 issue of Glamour, as part of their plus-size issue. She later revealed she hadn’t been told about the size-related theme when she participated in the installment. Therefore, her hope for the future may be less than wholly altruistic.
Despite her identity as an open-minded liberal, not all of Schumer’s efforts to be “woke” have succeeded: her Tidal-released tribute to Beyonce’s song “Formation” reaped a fierce 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 tore her apart:
— Victoria Weinstein (@peacebang) October 24, 2016
The actress, perchance, learned her lesson too well and is now overcompensating.
Ergo, in describing her new flick to Time, she makes a peculiarly ridiculous declaration:
“’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.’”
Really? The movie would be more perfect if it featured men dressed as women, and/or the reverse? Why would that improve it? Secondly, Schumer produced the project; if she had wanted disabled actors cast, surely she could have pulled some strings. The Farrelly Brothers do it in every production. And thirdly, if she truly believes the movie would be better if featuring someone of a different race, why would she have allowed herself to take the part? Why not make it the best it can be? In fact, why not make all movies better from now on, by refusing to act in them? That would mean one less white prospect taking the place of would-be non-Caucasian stars.
Her statement seems so silly. Schumer is 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. And just as much, words within the microcosm of left-wing elites seem appraised according to their sheen, despite their lack of substance within. Matt Damon can proselytize for higher taxes, without actually asserting his right to charitably give more of his massive income to the IRS; Leonardo DiCaprio can preach the reduction of fuel usage, as he travels the world in private jets; and Amy Schumer can claim she wishes a lead role was occupied by a minority, even as she gladly takes it for herself instead.
Finally, if Schumer did actually put her money where her mouth was, wouldn’t casting someone because they’re “of color” be judging them according to their appearance — the very thing that I Feel Pretty — and Amy Schumer — purport to oppose?
The empty and contradictory moral posturing of the Hollywood Left is dizzying. It’s enough to cause a fall, and a head injury, and…a subsequent delusion of grandeur. Actually, that sounds about right. Suddenly, Schumer’s movie seems quite poetic.