Amy Schumer officially addresses those joke-stealing accusations
Amy Schumer is a total powerhouse. Besides having a hit TV show, writing and starring in Trainwreck, she’s been winning awards left and right — and she’s not afraid to speak her mind about gun control and sexism. But lately, she’s run into some serious trouble.
Recently, a Twitter conversation occurred among three other female comedians – Tammy Pescatelli, Wendy Liebman, and Kathleen Madigan – in which, according to Refinery29, the women accused Schumer of stealing some of their material for Inside Amy Schumer, her stand-up show Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, and her hit movie Trainwreck. And as TIME reports, an anonymous user whose name is given only as “joe schmo” put together a mashup video that is supposed to prove exactly where and how Schumer stole jokes from other comedians.
But similarly to how she lives her life and handles haters in general, Schumer isn’t having it. Yesterday, she took to Twitter to succinctly put into words just how seriously she is taking these accusations – and really, it only takes a few words to say what needed to be said from her end.
Signed, sealed, delivered. While there’s no denying that some of the jokes Schumer has made in the past bear similarities to others, we’re scratching our heads about whether these similarities constitute stealing. And considering Schumer was also accused a few months ago of plagiarizing a joke from the late Patrice O’Neal – a claim whose validity she denied vehemently to paparazzi, stating she had nothing but love for her friend O’Neal and missed him dearly – this is something we know she takes seriously.
We love Amy, have nothing but the utmost respect for her, and look forward to her continuing to create the amazing, gut-busting, female-powered material she is known and loved for – and we’ll continue to watch and listen to her for as long as she keeps giving us her awesome material.
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