Amy Schumer graces the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in a red corset, striking a 1950s-style Marylin Monroe pinup girl pose. The often outrageous and always candid comedy star opens up on a variety of topics including some of her controversial jokes and her hit movie ‘Trainwreck.’
It was just last year that Amy Schumer sparked controversy when she graced GQ’s cover and posed for inside photos as a, shall we say, adventurous version of Star Wars’ iconic Princess Leia, revealing a not-so-platonic interest in R2-D2 and C-3PO,. It naturally sparked outrage.
This time around, Amy Schumer, photographed by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, is a generic pinup princess in a red velvet corset, and channeling Marilyn Monroe at that (pic below!). But it’s still almost inescapable not to see see parallels with another iconic Vanity cover, that being Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out, in a satin corset also in a Leibovitz photo. In another photo, which you can also see below, there’s a visual pun on the concept of a “blonde bombshell.”
While Jenner had some pressing sociopolitical business to take care of, her formal coming out as a transgender woman, so too does Amy Shumer use her ‘Vanity Fair’ moment to make some powerful points about the images of women, gender roles and feminism.
And, of course, as she’s on the promo trail for the new season of Comedy Central’s ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ if it takes dressing up in lingerie, and indulging in some pictorial commentary, well, so be it!
The cover story poses a question which is all too real, asking of she can keep her edge now that she’s “rich, famous and in love.”
Towards that end, she revisited one of her controversial jokes — “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual” — and said, “With that joke I remember thinking, Who should I use? Like, it’s a formula. I got the wording of ‘consensual.’ I thought, You know what? Latin guys will be best. Because you can’t say black guys.”
Continuing, she went on address the stifling nature of political correctness, a scourge that comedians are facing these days and said, “I could have said white guys, I guess, but the choice was, like, arbitrary… I just think that’s selective outrage. It’s like, Well, wait. What about the jokes I made about AIDS and the jokes I made about black people? Those were O.K.? I’ve made a lot of jokes about white people. People feel how they’re going to feel. I was just kind of like, I’m a comic. Like, can we just skip this thing where I become famous and then you guys look to burn me at the stake for something? Is there any way we can skip that?”
She also opened up about her movie, ‘Trainwreck,’ expressing remorse, as it was that very movie playing in the Louisiana theater mass shooting. Explaining how she learned of the shooting from her publicist, she said, ““It really … I don’t know. It’s like when the Dark Knight shooting happened, and in Paris. The idea of people trying to go out and have a good time—you know, like looking forward to it?—I don’t know why that makes me the saddest.” She went on to say, “I wish I never wrote that movie. I just felt helpless and stupid.”
She went on to speak about the gun control advocacy work and teaming up with her cousin, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, saying, “I got a call, and he was like, ‘Amy, this is your cousin Chuck.’ And I said, ‘I hope this is you asking me to help with guns.’ He laughed. ‘Yeah, that’s what this is.’ I was like, ‘Let’s go. Let’s do it.'”
You can see Amy Schumer’s Vanity Fair cover below, see more of the pictures plus the full interview here and check out the behind-the-scenes video below as she “fact checks” some of Jennifer Lawrence’s quotes.
Pictures: PR Photos