“Put down your torches before reading this so you don’t catch on fire,” Amy Schumer warned fans via Twitter on Sunday, where she posted a note responding to critics of jokes she’s made about race.
“I am a comic. I am so glad more people are laughing at me and with me all of a sudden,” she wrote. “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with. And that’s ok. Stick with me and trust I am joking.”
She continued: “I go in and out of playing an irreverent idiot. 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. 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 that because people laugh at it.”
Her statement came on the heels of articles critical of the Trainwreck star. One published by The Guardian wrote that Schumer “has a shockingly large blind spot around race” and her “stand-up repeatedly delves into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point.” Another piece from earlier this month on The Daily Dot argued that while Schumer’s work “is being called subversive and transgressive, the truth is that many of her jokes aren’t as enlightened as they might seem.” (Schumer responded to that article directly on Twitter.)
In her message Sunday, Schumer declared she is “not going to start joking about safe material” and asked others to “resist the urge to pick me apart.”
“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 more deserving of your scrutiny and not the girl in your corner.”
You can see her message in full below.
Put down your torches before reading this so you don’t catch on fire. pic.twitter.com/JyRQGvFuX8
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) June 28, 2015