It’s no secret that we love Amy Schumer. We love her smart wit and disgustingly hilarious analogies. We love how she makes fun of the things we take seriously, and we love that she just “gets us.”
But most of all, we love how she uses her comedic power for good. In the past, Amy has used humor to speak out against sexism, body shaming, and gender inequality. But recently when tragedy struck, Amy jumped at the chance to make a difference in a different way.
Two weeks ago a gunman shot and killed two women during a screening of “Trainwreck.” In addition to injuring other movie viewers, the gunman killed himself as the police were cornering him. According to the New York Post, the shooter, 59-year-old John Russell Houser, “had a history of mental illness, was known for his anti-Semitic beliefs and apparently targeted the film for its feminist themes.” After that, Amy sort of freaked out. Understandably. She knew that she wanted to do something to make sure that this never happens again. She immediately spoke with her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, about working together to try to change the way civilians get guns. In a press conference yesterday, Amy broke down as she passionately explained just how devastating this is.
After speaking with her cousin, Amy then went to Jon Stewart. She spoke out about her movie, her new friendship with Jlaw, and reminds us that you can be funny and crude, but still want to make a difference. They aren’t mutually exclusive. Having both just might be the key to finally changing the way things are.
Changing the world, one inappropriate joke at a time..
[via New York Post]