Amy Schumer doesn’t consider herself a racist, and she isn’t afraid to respond to those who say she is.
In response to a Guardian article that called her out for a “shockingly large blind spot around race,” Schumer posted a note to her Twitter account on Sunday explaining that her jokes don’t always reflect her real views.
“I go in and out of playing the irreverent idiot,” she wrote. “That includes making dumb jokes involving race. I enjoy playing the girl who time to time says the dumbest thing possible, and playing with race is a thing we are not supposed to do, which is what makes it so fun for comics.”
The Guardian article dissecting Schumer’s comedy — from her numerous viral sketches to her stand-up material — took shots at the comedian for for characterizing Latina women as “crazy” while making “lazy jokes” during her MTV Movie Awards hosting gig, and wading “into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point” during stand-up shows.
“Her standup special features jokes like, ‘Nothing works 100% of the time, except Mexicans’ and much of her character’s dumb slut persona is predicated on the fact that the men she sleeps with are people of color,” writer Monica Heisey wrote. “‘I used to date Latino guys,’ she says in an older stand-up routine. ‘Now I prefer consensual.'”
The “Trainwreck” star promised that despite the criticism, she doesn’t plan on changing. “I am not going to start joking about safe material,” she wrote. “And don’t ask that of me. I love what I do and I won’t let anyone take that away.”
She also called on her critics to trust that her jokes are meant to be funny, even when they don’t laugh.
“Trust me. I am not racist. I am a devout feminist and lover of all people,” she wrote. “My fight is for all people to be treated equally. So move on to the next person who is more deserving of your scrutiny and not the girl in your corner.”
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