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8 Ways Amy Schumer Is The Comedic, Millennial Hero We Needed

Amy Schumer: comedian, actress, writer. She talks about raunchy sex, weed and binge drinking.

Her show features sketches about women who eat too much, women who hate on other women too much and women who look like men.

She’s loud, crude, sometimes rude, and her name seems to be everywhere on the Internet right now.

And, that’s because we Millennials love Amy Schumer.

She is our spirit animal. We’d like to celebrate Amy Schumer Day and create a Schumer-shaped float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Why? Because she actually gets it.

In a world where Millennials are mocked for being lazy, needy or entitled, Schumer's comedy routine allows viewers to be themselves, no matter what people think.

She tackles real issues, such as body shaming, feminism and rape. She never holds back, and she flaunts her DGAF attitude any time she's handed a microphone (and, probably, whenever she's not given one).

Even those who think Schumer's brand is too raunchy have to admit she's doing a lot more good than harm.

She's breaking down barriers and getting real issues in the news a lot more successfully than most newscasters.

By making jokes, she's managed to make us think seriously.

So, we love Amy Schumer. She is the unapologetic, unbending, strong and successful person we all want to be.

She knows what she wants and goes after it. And, while a lot of the time, all she wants is a pizza or a penis, it's still a pretty good way to live your life.

Still not sure if you want to jump on the Schumer bandwagon?

Here are the reasons why you should:

1. She's actually funny.

This one is obviously a personal preference, but anyone with a Twitter account or access to the Internet knows Schumer is the comedy queen right now.

She has the seamless ability to mix pop culture, political issues and unending laughter.

Her viral video, “Milk Milk Lemonade,” simultaneously points out the cultural appropriation in pop culture and makes fun of the fact people are so obsessed with the body part that makes “fudge.”


2. She’s never afraid.

I don’t know about you, but I'd be a little bit terrified of calling someone (or something) out so vocally on TV. But, Schumer doesn’t shy away.

Her segment on rape in the armed forces in season two of “Inside Amy Schumer” managed to make a huge statement. And, it didn’t go unnoticed online, which makes it even better.

She doesn’t apologize, and that is why she is so brave.


3. She uses her platform to raise women up.

Schumer is one of the most sarcastic, self-deprecating women on television.

No one could possibly argue that. But, even while she's trashing herself and her body, she does so in a way that makes women feel like they shouldn’t be shamed into hating themselves.

Often switching between the two personalities most women know well — incredibly self-obsessed and incredibly self-critical — she is personable and lets women everywhere know they’re allowed to feel sexy, whether they’re a size two or a size 20.


4. She's a real person.

Her interviews, both on the show and off, are done in a way that makes you want to be her best friend.

She makes all of her guests laugh, and she talks to them like they’ve been friends for years.

She lightheartedly pokes fun at them, and she lets them give it right back to her. She isn’t afraid to admit she likes things society says she shouldn’t, like casual sex or eating way too much.

As she once said, “I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself.”


5. She's respected in the comedy community.

This is amazing for a young woman who's fairly new to the comedy world. She even made Ellen DeGeneres laugh hysterically, which doesn’t happen often.

She's included in projects like “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld and “Misery Loves Comedy” with Kevin Pollack.

She goes head-to-head with the legends of her field, and she is welcomed.


6. She loves the shock factor.

This definitely contributes to the reason why people love her.

For example, in her most recent sketch, “Football Town Nights,” she attacked a women’s issue from the standpoint of the beloved TV show, “Friday Night Lights.”

She tackles rape in an educational and informative way, but she focuses on making you laugh.

The fact she used such a loved show to parody this issue made it shockingly questionable.


7. She is the “every girl” in a sea of celebrities.

She does weird things in the faces of the most famous people in America.

At the Time 100 Gala, she spotted Hollywood royalty Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Her automatic response? Fall on the ground in front of them. And, not unexpectedly, they did nothing to help.

This just makes her so much more personable. Despite the dressy clothes or the fancy banquet, she is completely herself, even when facing some of the most influential people in our country.

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Erin Minty

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Erin Minty graduated with a degree in Writing & Rhetoric from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2014. She is a travel enthusiast, a red wine lover, and is fluent in sarcasm.
Erin Minty graduated with a degree in Writing & Rhetoric from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2014. She is a travel enthusiast, a red wine lover, and is fluent in sarcasm.

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