Amy Schumer Fires Back at Critics: "I Am Not Racist"

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"You can call it a 'blind spot for racism' or 'lazy,' but you are wrong," she wrote about her material after some of her jokes were questioned by an article in The Guardian.

Amy Schumer is weighing in on criticism that her comedy features material that is racially insensitive. 

The Inside Amy Schumer star posted a message to Twitter on Sunday in which she wrote that her comedy satirizes other people's views on race. The Twitter post appeared to be in response to a Guardian article published Sunday that faulted the comedian for a "shockingly large blind spot around race," citing "lazy jokes about Latina women being 'crazy' " from Schumer's hosting stint at this year's MTV Movie Awards. 

"I am a comic," Schumer responded. "I am so glad more people are laughing at me and with me all of a sudden. I will joke about things you like, and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with. And that's OK. Stick with me and trust I am joking."

"I go in and out of playing an irreverent idiot," continued the star of the forthcoming film Trainwreck. "That includes making dumb jokes involving race. I enjoy playing the girl who time to time says the dumbest thing possible, and playing with race is a thing we are not supposed to do, which is what makes it so fun for comics."

Schumer, who was praised in the Guardian story for the feminist angle of her material, added: "You can call it a 'blind spot for racism' or 'lazy,' but you are wrong. It is a joke and it is funny. I know that because people laugh at it."

Her tweet can be seen below.

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