Did Amy Schumer Go Too Far With Trump Jokes?

Posted by Kelli on October 17, 2016

Amy Schumer
We are definitely in a contentious election year. Whether it’s at work, home, or on social media, we are all facing the vitriol. People are angry, confused, and, worst of all, divided so it’s understandable that some might want to take in a comedy show to leave this mess behind for a couple hours.
Amy Schumer has a different opinion, unfortunately. During a stand-up show in Tampa, Florida this weekend, she referred to Republican nominee, Donald Trump, as an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.”
It’s one thing to make general, passing statements (or jokes… she’s supposed to be telling jokes, right?) but it’s another to make it super personal.


At one point, she pulled a Trump supporter up on stage and said: “Do you get worried at all with how impulsive he is, that he gets so fired up from ‘Saturday Night Live’ doing a skit on him … do you worry he’ll be impulsive and get us in a lot of f—ing trouble we can’t get out of?”

Schumer also had him explain why he’s voting for the tycoon. His answer was simply that he doesn’t trust Democratic hopeful, Hillary Clinton.

Fair enough. That seems to be a struggle many people are having but how inappropriate is it to put someone on the spot like that?


Boos erupted from the audience and Schumer responded by saying: “Of course, we’re in Florida, you’re going to boo. I know you’re here to laugh, but you choose how you’re going to live your life, and it’s just too important.”


She then asked security to help anyone who was booing to leave the facility (which ended up being about 200 ticket holders). She added: “Just so you know, from now on, if you yell out, you’re gonna get thrown out.”


Later, Schumer released a statement saying: “I loved the crowd and my show in Tampa last night! I want to thank the 8,400 people who stayed. We had a great time! We have always depended on comedians to make us laugh and tell the truth. I am proud to continue that tradition.”


Naturally, Schumer has faced backlash online for the situation which, really, is not surprising. Given the current climate, she might be better off saving her political commentary for interviews, social media, and a blog rather than bringing it to a comedy show.
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