Were they surprised? The Tampa Bay Times reported that hundreds of Amy Schumer fans who attended her stand-up show at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Sunday night walked out after Schumer mocked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, calling him an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.” Had those attendees ever seen Schumer before? The comedian has never been shy about addressing her liberal positions on feminism and gun control.
Schumer revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault in her recently published book “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.” She asked other assault victims in the audience if they would stand, and many did. This resonates now because Trump has recently been under fire for alleged sexual misconduct. Leaked audio revealed him bragging to Billy Bush about using his fame to grope women. Subsequently numerous women have come forward alleging that Trump committed those very acts.
The comedian’s stance on gun control stems largely from a tragic event: a movie theater showing Schumer’s film “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, Louisiana, was the setting for a mass shooting that killed two people and injured nine others in 2015. When her Comedy Central series returned in 2016, she devoted an episode to gun control advocacy titled “Welcome to the Gun Show,” in which she satirized lax gun laws and criticized the NRA — she even submitted that episode for Emmy consideration for Best Comedy Actress.
So it’s no surprise when Schumer gets political — or what side she’s on when she does. But did she really go too far, or do you think she hit the nail on the head? Comment below, and discuss this and more in our forums.