In a 12.17 Hollywood Reporter round-table discussion moderated by Stephen Galloway and Matthew Belloni and titled “Amy Schumer, Aaron Sorkin and Four More Top Scribes on Sexism and How to Deal With Steve Jobs’ Widow,” Schumer talks about last February’s Schumergate episode: “The things that you’re afraid they’re going to say are so much worse than anything they actually say. But you’ve already put your nervous system through that fear.
“With Trainwreck coming out, I was like, ‘Everyone’s going to say she’s not pretty enough to be in this movie.’ And then only one dude wrote that, and people really attacked him, and then he redacted that and wanted to date me. I’ve been waiting for this rainstorm of hate, and it’s never really come.”
Schumer isn’t far off but what I felt was more of a spiritual kinship thing. Her Trainwreck performance melted me down, and I became a total fan. As I wrote last July, “I was persuaded that the movie version of ‘Amy’ is who Schumer really is deep down, and that realization touched me like very few comedies have in my entire life. I’ll never say a word against her again.” And for expressing this I was called a phpny and a liar.
I also said this in the same piece: “The difference is that when women get publicly dissed by guys for this or that physical shortcoming on Twitter or in a column article or on the cover of a supermarket tabloid, it’s hateful and deplorable and needs to be eradicated from the human conversation. But when women ‘criticize’ guys by ignoring or dropping them or rolling their eyes, they’re merely fulfilling a natural genetic urge by choosing the wheat and rejecting the chaff and in so doing advancing the progress of the human species.”