Amy Schumer told Oprah why she calls her first sexual experience a "gray-area rape"
Trigger warning: The below content may be triggering for sexual abuse and assault survivors.
Amy Schumer has previously talked about her first sexual experience, in which she lost her virginity while she was asleep. In the past, she never labeled that interaction a sexual assault or rape, but in a new interview with Oprah during an April 26th, 2018 episode of Super Soul Conversations, Schumer described that encounter as “gray-area rape.”
Schumer revealed that she awoke to find that her then-boyfriend had penetrated her, but she ended up comforting him, a choice she resents to this day.
Schumer has worked the story of this experience into her stand-up set (she calls “gray-area rape” “grape”) in the hopes that she can “make people laugh while they learned.”
“So, in my standup I would say, ‘If she’s asleep, that’s a no,'” Schumer continued. “Just hoping that a couple guys would see that and it would be met in that moment, like, ‘This is a no. I heard that somewhere.’”
By the end of the conversation, Oprah asked her if she still describes her virginity loss as a “gray-area” issue.
You can watch Schumer’s conversation above, and see more from her Super Soul Conversations episode here.