Perspective is everything.
It started when comedian Amy Schumer (of Inside Amy Schumer) went on ABC and interacted – in her typically hilarious, tongue-in-cheek way – with Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and the bachelors. The clip is well worth seeing, simply because Schumer brings such a different flavor to the disintegrating show.
Immediately after, ABC senior vice president of alternative series, specials, and late-night programming Robert Mills (how do you fit that on a business card?) gave Schumer an informal invitation on Twitter:
— Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) May 26, 2015
Unsurprisingly, this kicked off a firestorm of comments in social media and as People summarized, the majority seem to like the idea of Schumer becoming the next Bachelorette. There’s a good reason for that.
It’s a well-known fact that many individuals view the show in question in a negative light. They’ll cite some of the double standards that are still all too prevalent in the entertainment world and as The Verge writes, any woman who signs on as the Bachelorette immediately lowers herself to a certain undesirable level. But this is assuming that the chosen woman doesn’t have the gumption or the talent to turn that show on its head. You know what?
Amy Schumer has plenty of both.
That being the case, and given Schumer’s very vocal condemnation of the patriarchal system in which she operates, perhaps she’s precisely what ABC and The Bachelorette needs. This shouldn’t be about evasion; it should be about confrontation. Don’t just turn your head in disgust and dismiss; attack it with comical gusto and verve and see if you can’t change it into something else. Amy Schumer has the potential to do just that and even if it doesn’t work, even if the series fizzles out, there’s one undeniable fact:
At the very least, at the absolute bare minimum, Schumer as The Bachelorette is guaranteed entertainment and comedy gold. At best, she can strike a blow for women everywhere. Win-win, Amy. Go for it.
We Killed: The Rise of Women in Comedy by Yael Kohen (Picador)
America’s most prominent comediennes, as well as writers, producers and nightclub owners, talk about what it took to rise to the top. Beginning in the 1950s with Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers, who had to desexualize themselves in order to be accepted on the comedy circuit, Kohen moves chronologically to the smart, edgy comediennes of the 60s and 70s — Elaine May and Lily Tomlin; to the rebels of Saturday Night Live, the standup circuit and independent women of television such as Mary Tyler Moore. Their victories paved the way for the next wave: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman. We Killed chronicles the women who fought long and hard to make us laugh while proving they could also be smart, attractive and sexually confident. This is a cultural and social history of hilarious proportions.
Women and Gender: Making a Difference by Janice D. Yoder (Sloan Educational Publishing, 2012)
Author Janice Yoder sets clear goals for social justice and examines everything from feminist therapy theory to ambivalent sexism and body objectification. Always remaining sensitive to intersectionality and the social construction of gender, the book mixes biology, aging, socialization and various social contexts. For those seeking a deeper knowledge about the topic, it’s a definite must-read.