Five Reasons Amy Schumer Is Unstoppable

Five Reasons Amy Schumer Is Unstoppable

A celebration of our nation’s newest barrier-shattering feminist, Amy Schumer, and what she means for our generation.

With her combination of breakneck delivery, sharp wit and blunt, disarming zingers, Amy Schumer — of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” and the star and writer of the upcoming film, “Trainwreck” — is everything we need right now and more. Schumer is prying our eyes open to the most difficult, uncomfortable issues we’ve shied away from for so long, and we’re loving every minute of it.

Schumer isn’t just a comedian, she’s a full-blown activist for gender equality. Smart, funny and brutally honest, Amy Schumer isn’t leaving one stone unturned in the feminist fight, and she’s doing it in such a way that no one can stop her.

Why is she so important to us, specifically?

1. She is our time.

Amy Schumer is our generation’s hell-raising funny woman. Our grandparents saw Joan Rivers on Johnny Carson, our parents remember Ellen DeGeneres starting her standup career and our older siblings and cousins watched Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take over "SNL." We love these women all the same, but now we have the chance to see a groundbreaking career from the beginning, ourselves.

2. She connects with all of us by calling out everyone.

Part of the charm that is Amy Schumer is that she has no problem pointing fingers at guys and girls for the ridiculous things they do. Comedy sketches from her television show include mocking women who never accept compliments and instead just insult themselves (Compliments) and poking fun at men who obsess over wanting a girlfriend who acts like “one of the guys” (Chicks Who Can Hang). By covering all the bases, Schumer is the ultimate feminist; she promotes total equality in the most entertaining way.

3. She takes responsibility for her actions.

Amy Schumer does a beautiful job telling the world that no one is perfect, including herself. The Washington Post recently published an article accusing Schumer of making racist remarks in a past standup routine. So how does Amy respond? She doesn’t say “no comment,” and she doesn’t blame it on context. Instead, she replies, “I am taking responsibility and hope I haven’t hurt anyone. And I apologize [if] I did”. Racism is inexcusable, and we know that. But what is more important is that Schumer also knows that and will now be an example for other public figures be accountable and more sensitive as well.

4. She brings attention to what we usually sweep under the rug.

While many comedians just touch on serious issues, Amy Schumer does the opposite. She comes at us full force and puts the most uncomfortable issues directly in front of us so there is no choice but to absorb them. Sketches from her television series include topics like rape and victim blaming (Football Town Nights), sexual assault in the military (A Very Realistic Military Game) and reproductive rights (Ask if Birth Control is Right For You, satirizing the Hobby Lobby decision made last June). Discussing these topics could be a death wish for comedians, but Schumer is unstoppable in the sense that she, instead, raises awareness for the issues.

5. She uses herself as an example.

The fact that Amy Schumer primarily makes fun of herself is not just hilarious, it is also empowering. An episode-long “12 Angry Men” parody from her sketch series is a giant (male-based) discussion on whether Schumer is “hot enough to be on TV.” And just watch the trailer for her upcoming movie, “Trainwreck”. Aside from the already powerful fact that it’s based around a female protagonist who believes in promiscuity, the trailer includes the line “I like you, Amy. You’re clever, but you’re not too brainy. You’re pretty-ish, and you’re not gorgeous.”. Schumer fully captures the glory of the typical woman and leaves us surprised and relieved to hear such truth from a celebrity.

Amy Schumer has redefined “role model” for our generation. Here is a strong woman who promotes equality for both sexes, uses the bluntest of language and encourages us to accept change in order to progress. We are so lucky to have her fresh take on social justice, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.
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As A Muslim American, My Trip To Jerusalem Revealed That Open-Mindedness Bridges Communities

A life changing trip that opened my eyes up to the optimal dynamics in a community.


On Dec. 21, my parents and I flew to Amman, a city in the beautiful country of Jordan, where we took a cab to the main part of Jerusalem. We were told by multiple family friends that it is not the safest to directly fly into Jerusalem because of the religious issues and riots going on. As we entered Jerusalem, I put my hijab on. A hijab is a head covering worn to cover a women's beauty in Islam. As I put my hijab on to pay respect to Mosque Aqsa, I noticed a change in perspective from everyone around me because suddenly, there were eyes from everywhere on me — Muslim and Jewish.

After we paid respect to Mosque Aqsa, we went to the hotel to sleep because we were exhausted from our 14 hour flight. The next morning, we woke up bright and early to begin our day by praying at Mosque Aqsa. I wore traditional American clothes, jeans and a top, because it was often worn in Jerusalem, though I kept a hijab on for prayer.

After praying, I was astonished by the gathering of all the Muslim people in the mosque area. This made me want to see the Wailing Wall and the place of the first church to view how others gather for their god. I knew the Wailing Wall was sacred because it was a prayer and pilgrimage place for Jewish people, while for Christians, Jesus was born inside the first church.

As we exited the mosque community, we found a kind man at the kiosk who gave us pomegranate and mangoes. My dad decided to ask this gentleman directions to the Wailing Wall. The man began screaming at me and my dad. He told us we are not allowed to even want to view the wall of the Jewish people. I responded and explained that we just want another perspective on other religions. The man yelled even louder. He told us that the Jewish people would convert us and that we should not leave the Mosque surroundings. With this, he furiously sat back down and did not give us any directions to the wall that was right behind this mosque. My dad and I were quite confused on what had just happened and the way our question for simple directions were handled.

We decided to walk along the sidewalk until we found someone to help us out. It was a 61-year-old man who seemed to be a Jewish person with his religious hat. He happily helped us out and gave us exact directions for the Wailing Wall, though he did say he was excited new people wanted to convert to his religion.

We followed his directions and successfully reached the Wailing Wall. There were gates at the Wailing Wall that had security checks that allowed people to enter as there were at the mosque. Although, the experience entering the wall and mosque was not the same. As a muslim woman wearing a hijab, I was able to walk through the mosque without anyone questioning me, I was easily able to walk in without questions asked.

At the wall, a security guard first made my family go through metal detectors, checked our passports and asked an immense amount of questions about why we wanted to go see the Wailing Wall if we were Muslim. Finally, after various obstacles and issues, we made it into the Wailing Wall.

As I experienced such obstacles, I thought about how different the community in Jerusalem was from the United States. It doesn't matter what group, each religion in Jerusalem was highly conservative. This is quite different from the United States.

The culture in the United States is significantly diverse, which allows the people here to be open minded. As an everyday routine, Americans interact with people of various religions and cultures that they don't question or change their perspective toward a certain race. Yes, there are always racist citizens who are not comfortable with other religions, but a majority of the United States depicts unity because of how culturally different every person is.

This is not how Jerusalem is seen. Religions are significantly segregated with one another through security check, restaurants, hotels and even streets. Every religion has their streets in Jerusalem and going to the one you are not a part of can result in awkward stares along with rude treatment.

As I had previously booked a hotel before arriving to Jerusalem, we were not aware that the street we booked was on the street of the Jewish people. This wasn't a major issue, but glares and different treatment were conveyed. As my parents and I would eat breakfast in the lounge, we would often get glares for the hijab or clothing we were wearing because it was different from everyone else around us. This was quite disturbing because every day we would go inside the hotel or leave and get glares that clearly depicted that we weren't wanted in this hotel. The hotel workers were indefinitely kind and caring at all times, though the people living there were not.

The experience I had was definitely an eye-opening lesson. It depicted the perspective of others in America versus Jerusalem. The people in Jerusalem are not open-minded, which detaches the various religious groups in the nation. It prevents various religions to connect or be able to create united communities to be able to act as one.

As for the United States, there are different religions and cultures blended together with majority of the people who are open-minded. This allows the union of communities, while also allowing people to connect without the similarity of religion. I'm glad that I was able to have a once in a lifetime experience with my family. Although the segregation in the country was a little uncomfortable, I am glad that I was able to understand how lucky I am to live in an open, happy and united country and that I am also able to learn about the significance of open-mindedness in uniting people and communities.

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