We've moved the book club meet for Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger to this evening at 7:45, since there is no Walking Dead (FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!! Whut???), and speaking of The Walking Dead; I saw Beth on The Knick half-nekkid and I'm still traumatized. Y U DO THAT, KNICK? Beth is a kid!!
I'd like share my thoughts about Amy Schumer. We watched Trainwreck on Friday as our Dinner and a Movie and let's just say...I harbour strong opinions about her. But! I've also turned a corner.
I realised, after cranking away about the ridiculousness of her representing the "real woman" and "acceptance of curvy body types" and all those euphemisms for overweight when she is completely normal-sized and that "real woman" label is bullshit anyway, that I don't hate HER, I hate who I've always hated: the media and it's constant reinforcement of one narrow subset of acceptable appearance. That some people can not get work unless they starve, surgically alter or completely remake themselves to fit that narrow standard.
She's riding that wave, but that's marketing, that's how she's being sold and what freaking artist EVER would turn down such a golden opportunity? It's not like she invented the societal standards they're pretending she's broken the mold for.
So. It's not HER. She funny! Like, really funny. I roll my eyes at her deriding the "sex comic" label while she talks about her butthole more than a frat boy, but she has a lot to say about those perceptions and preconceived notions and good on her. I can't help but think we're on the same side and taking shots at her is cheap at best and detrimental at worst.
Funny is subjective, but I respect what she has achieved in a crazy short time. She writes an award-winning hit show and a blockbuster movie and has an HBO special and seriously: all the kudos. That shit is amazing and even more so because you just don't see a lot of women DO that. I look forward to seeing where she goes with it. Cheers!