Ever since Dylann Roof killed nine black church goers in South Carolina in June, liberals have been using the tragedy to point the finger of blame at everything from the Confederate battle flag to Second Amendment rights.
Now, two proud progressives are putting part of the blame on the star of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” but one of them is an unabashed racist in her own right.
Comedian Amy Schumer is an entertainer of the feminist bent — if not as institutionally liberal as her distant cousin, Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer. She was targeted this week in a Washington Post op-ed post written by American University adjunct professor Stacey Patton and Washington State University associate professor David J. Leonard.
The academics essentially accused comedians like Schumer of being complicit in the Charleston church murders by somehow equating jokes about race with being a racist, hateful murderer.
They also used the piece to liken the comedian to the liberals’ current boogeyman, Donald Trump.
Wouldn’t it be funny if Donald Trump and the wildly popular feminist comedian Amy Schumer joined forces and ran on the same presidential ticket in 2016?
You might not think this duo has much in common, but they certainly share similar views about Mexicans. Whether joking or not, both draw on shared cultural stereotypes and use dehumanizing language that gives life to an ecosystem of racial fear and violence.
On June 15, Trump announced his run for the presidency. In his speech, he called Mexicans drug dealers and rapists. Mexico “is not our friend, believe me,” the real estate mogul said. “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
A week later, the Guardian published a piece calling out Schumer’s “shockingly large blind spot around race.” It cited Schumer’s stint as the MTV movie awards host, where she joked that Latina women are “crazy.” In one of her stand-up routines, Schumer also says, “Nothing works 100 percent of the time, except Mexicans.” In another bit, she blithely told an audience that Latino men are rapists. “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.”
Schumer responded to this criticism by explaining that she likes pretending to be an “irreverent idiot” who says “the dumbest things possible.”
“Playing with race is a thing we are not supposed to do, which is what makes it so fun for comics,” she wrote. “You can call it a ‘blind spot for racism’ or ‘lazy’ but you are wrong. It is a joke and it is funny. I know because people laugh at it.”
A blind spot is not finding humor in the systemic exploitation of Mexican workers. A blind spot is not making jokes that depict Latina women as crazy. Nor is it a laughing matter for a white woman to suggest that Mexicans, or other men of color, are natural-born rapists.
Not surprisingly, the professors failed to mention racist jokes told by minority comedians like Chris Rock and George Lopez among many others.
They also didn’t mention the racist tweets Patton has written herself.
Those tweets, and others like them, have since been deleted from Patton’s Twitter account, there’s no blind spot for hypocrisy on the Internet.
At least Schumer was being funny. These two are just a joke.
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