Amy Schumer’s Awesome Speech

by Amelia Diamond
May 6, 2014
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amyb3f0aaf8430bf45f430fbfc97f1eed05Amy Schumer is the type of comedian who will make you spit whatever you’re drinking out of your mouth. She says exactly what’s on her mind and makes no apologies for potential discomfort, but the main reason she’s appealing is her confidence.

And that confidence is something she had to impart upon herself.

In a speech she gave last week at the Gloria Awards and Gala hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women, Schumer told a story about her transition from peaking high school senior to invisible freshman, where her self-worth suddenly become a thing of the past.

When her drunk crush booty-calls her (at 8 AM for what is arguably one of the most cringe-worthy accounts of a hook up, ever), something clicked in Amy’s head and everything changed. Because it’s Amy Schumer speaking, her anecdote of what follows will make you laugh: “He smelled like skunk microwaved with cheeseburgers, which I planned on finding and eating in the bathroom, as soon as he was asleep.” But it touches on an all-too common theme among young women, and so amid the laughs and the groans and detachment that comes from listening to someone else’s story, her message is important:

I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself.

Read the full speech here, and I promise you’ll walk away from it with your own head held a little higher.

[Read Amy Schumer's Ms Gala Speech via Vulture]

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  • GapToothedGirl

    I’m like her when drunk( very rarely). It would be amazing feeling that freedom speech.
    Love, gap.
    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  • Aubrey Green

    I understand why (the society we live in), but I really don’t like that we have to justify ourselves for being who we are. Why is it an issue that she’s not ‘skinny’ and if she were, why can’t she be funny too, why is it one or the other. I think we should celebrate what we are, no matter what that is. Maybe you are funny and beautiful, maybe you’re the best mom, maybe you’re the best sister, the greatest listener, cute, skinny, athletic, all of those things, etc. Whatever it is that you are, be the best and who cares what people think – that’s their problem. I’m sick of everyone, but especially women being rude towards other women. Amelia, I’m not sure if sometimes you feel the way this woman does, but you’re beautiful, have amazing hair, smart, funny, skinny and I don’t know you as a friend, but I bet you’re a good friend and can ride a horse really well; so there’s that too :).

  • Lisa

    WORD! She’s so right, I’d like to hug her.

    Lisa – AT LEAST BLOG

  • Quinn Halman

    I love this woman! She’s one of the really good female comedians who has a good balance between self deprecation and offensiveness

  • Kate Wilson
  • Bénédicte Auber

    I love this girl she is a beautiful and sometimes she makes me think Bridget Jones ^^

    And she wears leather very well!!

    Bene
    http://www.alta-leather.co.uk

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