Amy Schumer’s Brilliant Parody


Have you seen Amy Schumer‘s Friday Night Lights spoof about rape? It made the rounds yesterday, but in case you haven’t seen it, the video is definitely worth watching. As my friend said yesterday, “Amy Schumer just pulled off the world’s first-ever funny rape joke.” The sketch is important, and I love that the laughs don’t come at the expense of the women.

Joking about rape “is always a risk,” Schumer said at the Tribeca Film Festival. “You might look at this scene and think we’re making light of something serious, but we really are trying to educate.” Bravo.

P.S. A brilliant speech about the word “gay.

(Photo via Time)

  1. brilliant parody.

  2. I love Amy. I came across her talent on someone’s roast. She just looked like a sweet girl and then she proceeded to get mean and nasty and funny and clever. But my favourite is, hands down, Julia Louis-Freyfuss’ Last F****ble Day. I think it was brilliant.

  3. I knew her grandmother, 8 or so years ago and I remember her talking about her granddaughter, Amy. She would talk about how hysterical she was. She was an aspiring stand up comedian. She talked about how she struggled living in NYC to pay her bills, doing stand up at night and waiting tables. And now to see her famous is just so amazing! I feel like I know Amy, from all of Betty’s stories. So cool to see all of her success!

  4. aww, kelly, thank you for your sweet note!

  5. Did anyone else find this really unfunny? Not necessarily offensive or anything, just that it fell really flat to me. An important topic and Amy Schumer is of course clever and talented, but this just seemed to miss the mark.

  6. Thank you for posting! I hadn’t seen this and I LOVE it. I especially appreciate that your blog isn’t typically “political” and you posted this right along with everything else like it’s no big deal, because it’s not! The personal is political, after all. ;)

  7. On team Becca with this one. I really don’t see how it’s OK to portray men/subcultures as (potential) rapists/criminals, while I think we by now all agree it would be wrong to do this with ethnicities (“blacks are criminal” “Arabs are terrorists” etc.).

  8. Thank you for posting! What a great use of comedy.

  9. Love Amy Schumer! Great post.

  10. This is amazing. Really well done

  11. This was great. Relevant, funny and makes us think while we laugh. Amy Schumer is certainly not afraid to push tough topics into the light and cause a discussion!

  12. Liberal/feminist Houstonian here (Hi fellow liberal/feminist Texans! It’s nice to hear from you!). Taylor’s words ring so true for me. Thank you for your wonderful comment, Taylor! And thank you Joanna for highlighting this skit. Amy is hilarious and does such important work!

  13. I pretty much loved this, mostly because I love FNL (the wine glass!! ha!). But yes, it is a pretty brilliant way of talking about/educating on rape. I do agree with Becca, though–lots of sports are about taking things (the ball, I guess?) by force, and that doesn’t have to be funneled into violence off the field. I think the more spot-on parts of the sketch were the parts about the town itself worshiping and excusing the football players (the two old ladies saying, “How will they celebrate or blow off steam then?”). Growing up in Southern California, at least at the high school I went to, it was just so different. Football was just a sport, an extracurricular activity, and as far as I could see, football players didn’t get special treatment or think they were gods or anything, anymore than maybe the lead in the school play might think she’s special when everyone is applauding her performance. So I think it’s much less about the sport itself, and more about the culture around it and the players.

  14. I find it really meaningful when you highlight topics like this. It’s such an important part of the sphere in which we live, and it means a lot to see it here. That was horribly uneloquent of me but basically I love you and you’re amazing.

  15. I love Amy Schumer and I was with her all the way until the end when she implied that all football players are, essentially, rapists – those that have or those that haven’t yet. That’s a big leap and rather dismissive of the many, many football players who have never and will never rape someone. Most sports can be boiled down to “take it from the opponent with force,” right? I don’t think sports make people rapists, and I am not even sure you can say people with an inclination to rape women are more likely to play sports. I would say that in our culture sports stars (high school, college, pro) are given passes on lots of bad behavior, rape and domestic violence included. This is not appropriate and requires a massive shift in cultural thinking, but making blanket statements such as “football players are inherently rapey” dangerously oversimplifies the problem.

  16. Also on that episode: last f*ckable day. Equally brilliant.

  17. taylor, thank you so much for your note, fascinating to hear your perspective. thanks for all these comments! xoxo

  18. @hazel, that is such a good point! going to change it right now.

  19. I was just going to leave a comment suggesting that you change “victim” to “survivor”–but then I saw that Hazel has already explained the distinction so eloquently! I second her in thanking you for posting about this crucial topic, Jo! xox

  20. Taylor – fist bump from a fellow liberal feminist, multigenerational Texan. :)

  21. @Taylor:thank you for your comments and I do think we take for granted the ideas generated through “entertainment” as having significant bearing on the high incidences of assault!

  22. Taylor Morgan, thank you so much for sharing your perspective. I completely agree about the message the coach is giving – how could the players not adopt that mentality to some degree off the field? It’s been indoctrinated for so long! Thanks for sharing, Joanna.

  23. Hey Joanna, I’m a rape crisis counselor in San Francisco. Thank you for posting about this very important topic. In the rape crisis movement we use the word survivor rather than victim. The goal is to empower people who have lived through a sexual assault and honor them for surviving a horrendous, life changiing, life threatening experience. The term victim defines the person by the incident whereas survivor acknowledges the whole person. It would be amazing if Cup of Jo participated in empowering survivors by changing its language– I know you understand the power of words! Xoxo!

  24. Great remarks, Taylor. “It is so frustrating when people fail to draw the line from point A to point B.”

    Why is this so hard for so many people to compute? The link is hardly a subtle one.

    Schumer’s piece–the relevance and the timing–really is so perfect.


  26. I’m from Galveston, which embarrassingly gets a little shout out at the beginning of this video. Being a liberal feminist who is also a 7th generation Texan with very deep southern roots, it’s always been difficult for me to reconcile my values with the culture here.

    I’ve never QUITE been able to put my finger on why I find high school football culture so skeevy, but she absolutely nails it when the coach talks about violently taking down anything that stands in the way of what you want and feel entitled to. That’s the message fed to boys for 10+ years straight (football starts nice and young…yay) and then we’re surprised when they take that attitude off the field?

    I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with football (except the concussions), but there are obviously elements of the culture that are negatively impacting everyone who participates. There are platforms with poles at Dallas Cowboys stadiums for the dancers to perform on…it’s so incredibly degrading. I shouldn’t have to cover my son’s eyes at a football game.

    It is so frustrating when people fail to draw the line from point A to point B, as if these things don’t contribute to the many, many instances of assault and rape perpetrated by athletes, and the attitude that it’s all okay.

    Ugh. Sorry…rant over. Thank you for using your internet voice to spread good things!