Amy Schumer's Top 5 Feminist Comedy Sketches
"I don't try to be feminist. I just am. It's innately inside me."
Amy Schumer's Trainwreck hit theaters on July 17 and in honor of her new movie, The Hollywood Reporter has selected Schumer's top five feminist sketches.
Schumer's comedy often focuses on gender issues, from how Hollywood treats women differently than men, to dissecting rape culture, to how women interact with each other. Her latest season of Inside Amy Schumer continued to display Schumer's talent for blending comedy with feminism.
"I think people hate women," Schumer told THR during a roundtable discussion with other female comedians. "I don't think they want to hear a woman talk for too long. A lot of people project their mom yelling at them. My [career] has been about tricking people into listening."
She also recently spoke specifically about being a feminist in a Glamour interview, saying "I don't try to be feminist. I just am. It's innately inside me. I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me."
Here's a look at Schumer's top 5 feminist sketches:
Schumer spoofs One Direction in this music video, where a boy band tells Amy that they love her just the way she is, no makeup needed. Except once Schumer takes off her makeup, they completely change their tune.
Schumer skewers rape culture in sports with her Friday Night Lights spoof about a coach trying to teach his students not to rape. Lesson: It's not OK to rape, even if she's dressed as a sexy cat.
Ladies are not always the best at taking compliments and often they respond with insults about themselves. "I tried to look like Kate Hudson, but ended up looking like a golden retriever's dingleberry," is just one example of taking self-deprecation to a new level.
2. "A Very Realistic Military Game"
Schumer gives viewers a glimpse at the trauma military sexual assault survivors have to experience by using a video game. The game puts Schumer's military character through probing intimate questions, guilt trips, character assassination and concludes with a lack of justice.
1. "Last F--kable Day"
Schumer, Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey help Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrate her "last f—able day" in Hollywood. "In every actresses life, the media decides when you finally reach the point that you're not believably f—able anymore," said Louis-Dreyfus, explaining the concept to a bewildered Schumer. Men of course, do not have a last f—able day.
*Honorable mentions go to "Sorry," "A Chick Who Can Hang," "Focus Group," and "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer."