‘Inside Amy Schumer’ takes on Bill Cosby sex scandal

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‘Inside Amy Schumer’ takes on Bill Cosby sex scandal in ‘Court of Public Opinion’.

Wow! On Tuesday’s episode of “Inside Amy Schumer,” the star plays an attorney defending the embattled comedian against multiple allegations of sexual assault.The universe may be an ever-changing “vast expanse of energy, gas and dust,” but did you also know it is “essentially a force, sending cosmic guidance to white women in their 20s”?

“In recent years, a stunning breakthrough has been made in our concept of what the universe is for,” Bill Nye (the Science Guy) said on Tuesday’s Inside Amy Schumer.Armed with pudding pops and ugly patterned sweaters, Amy Schumer defended Bill Cosby against rape allegations the best way she could on Inside Amy Schumer: by telling a jury in the Court of Public Opinion that Cosby “probably can’t get in any legal trouble,” and it’s really about “not punishing ourselves for loving great comedy.” Pushing the nostalgia angle hard, Schumer showed the jury a clip of The Cosby Show and then asked, “Did anybody feel raped by that? Cosby, of course, has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting more than 30 women over the course of several decades, though the comic’s legal team has denied all allegations. Schumer tackles the ongoing scandal by presenting his fictional trial in the “court of public opinion,” and contrasts the allegations against Cosby with his beloved TV persona. “All these women, same story, same facts. While Season 1 tended to come at feminist issues from askew, with weird, surprising sketches like “clown panties”—in which her boyfriend has an affair with a clown—recent episodes feature clunkier riffs on Hollywood’s gender norms and female empowerment.

Turns out, it’s all one big cosmic force giving girls in spin classes dating advice, or helping Abbi and Ilana from Broad City find their perfect puggle. The scene starts with the prosecutor’s closing arguments before the focus switches to Schumer, playing the role of Cosby’s lawyer (in a very short skirt!). Schumer has always been perceptive about the ways women clothe themselves in various situations, whether as public theater or on their own couch, and about the world’s relentless focus on said clothing. —Catherine Garcia The stamp for 3-ounce packages will debut on June 5 and feature peacock feathers, the Los Angeles Times reports, a nod to the fact that O’Connor raised peacocks on her family’s farm in Georgia.

So next time you think the world is trying to tell you not to order that pad thai from Seamless, you’re probably right – because the entire planet was created with you, and your takeout order, in mind. After getting the jury dancing along to her Cosby-esque dance routine, she goes on to prove that the beloved Cosby Show alum couldn’t possibly be guilty of his alleged sexual abuse, because, well, he’s Dr.

From the “basic” fedora she wears in her sketch about women who can’t accept compliments to the sad little satin cupcake dress in her Toddlers in Tiaras spoof, Amy’s outfits adds a sneaky satirical layer to her perspective on how women engage with the world. We deserve to dance like no one’s watching, and watch like no one’s raping.” The sketch is slightly different than the one Schumer teaser earlier this year. “I had an idea to do a scene where there was somewhat of a support group and it was all girls who wouldn’t say what happened, but they were all wearing Cosby sweaters,” Schumer said during a Tribeca Film Festival panel in April. “And we were like, we want to address this. —Peter Weber For the first time in 10 years, military regulations at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will prevent lawyers from bringing food to inmates during legal meetings.

Take the sketch “Sexting,” in which she sexts such sizzling banter as “What are you wearing?” “My tit” while wearing a cat T-shirt and pajama pants. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor won a 1972 National Book Award for fiction, and was named the Best of the National Book Awards 1950-2008 by a public vote. But critics say the food helps prisoners cooperate with their lawyers, such as when attorneys got prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab to drink juice during a hunger strike. “It’s actually quite tragic for the clients,” Alka Pradhan, an attorney, told The Miami Herald. “Sometimes the food we bring is the only thing from the outside world they’ve seen in months, and they really look forward to it.” Meghan DeMaria Nine top officials of soccer’s governing organization FIFA were arrested today in Switzerland and will be extradited to the U.S. to face corruption charges. According to her autobiographer, Brad Gooch, “O’Connor said that modern writers must often tell ‘perverse’ stories to ‘shock’ a morally blind world. ‘It requires considerable courage,’ she concluded, ‘not to turn away from the story-teller.'” Catherine Garcia At a news conference in Rome, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state and second to the pope in the Holy See’s hierarchy, said he was “deeply saddened by the result” of the vote. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelization,” he added.

If you’re just getting up to speed on the news, let John Oliver walk you through the inner workings of this “comically grotesque” and “cartoonishly evil” organization — from its kangaroo courts to its shady deals and hilariously megalomaniacal boardrooms. As the jurors clamored for a frozen snack she asked them, “How could the face of such a yummy treat even do anything bad?” The sketch continues with even more uncomfortable moments, as the jury are gifted Cosby-style pullovers and chocolate cake, supposedly sent in from the controversial star himself.

–Nico Lauricella Israeli fighter jets launched four airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, the first since a cease-fire between Gaza militants and Israel went into effect last summer following a 50-day war. In the privacy of your own home, armed with only a smartphone, you can wear a cat shirt as a man informs you that he just “came on your hair and head.” Through her outfits, Schumer neatly establishes a taxonomy of female “types.” In “Raise a Glass,” Amy plays a bridesmaid giving a strangely sing-songy and passive aggressive wedding speech in rhyming couplets for a friend named Becca. As the scene goes on—and Amy gives more and more passive aggressive rhyming speeches in increasingly terrible situations—the fabric flowers follow her everywhere.

Here, Amy casts the figure of the bridesmaid as a hyper-feminine loon, whose wedding role-playing follows her throughout her life, represented by those creeping fabric flowers. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) interview with Jon Stewart started out amicably on Tuesday’s Daily Show, with some jokes about filibusters and urination and broad agreement that Republicans are inconsistent when it comes to liberty and NSA mass surveillance.

Paul ably dodged a comparison between terrorism and school shootings, pivoting to murder in Baltimore, and then Stewart brought up “this religious liberty” hullaballoo. “I’m really fascinated by the idea of religious persecution in this country,” he said. “The depth of feeling seems real,” but what are conservatives talking about? “Some people are afraid in our country that their personal religious opinions will no longer be allowed, even in their church,” Paul said, bringing up the idea that tax deductions for church donations are a back door to government regulation. “I think there’s a difference between acceptance and neutrality of the law, and trying to force your opinion on someone, even in their church, or even in their expression.” That does sound a little bit to me like a freedom issue, and you can go down the street to get someone else to make it. For some reason, on any respectable makeover show, the “after” outfit is usually a cardigan and a pencil skirt, a fact that Schumer observes and imitates, vis-a-vis a cardigan and pencil skirt tattered from neglect. And I’m not one who is intolerant — I’m one who believes in letting people live life the way they want to live it, but also I would include Christians in that, too. [Rand Paul] Stewart had a good point about how these protesting businesses seem to be fine selling cake to other types of sinners. —Peter Weber On Tuesday, Mexican police arrested Henry Solis, a 27-year-old former Los Angeles Police Department officer, in Ciudad Juarez, ending a two-month manhunt.

The ridiculousness of makeover shows is well-documented—it’s nothing SNL hasn’t spoofed before—but in this sketch, it’s the grime-covered business casual outfit that stays with you. Late Tuesday, Solis was handed over to U.S. federal agents in El Paso, Texas, where he will be held on California murder charges for the shooting death of Salome Rodriguez Jr. outside a bar on March 13.

She therefore insists she must be gangbanged by everyone, a useful comment on how hard it is to subvert the male gaze when so many sexualized female acts are so intrinsic to male approval. (At the end of the skit, many feminist icons’ heads just get blown up). The LAPD fired him a few days later, and his father was later arrested for lying to federal investigators after driving Solis to El Paso and, according to security footage, helping him walk across the border to Juarez. —Peter Weber One of the biggest and most consequential shifts in the push for gay rights was when corporate America joined the fray, recently siding with LGTB advocates against “religious freedom” laws Indiana and Arkansas.

Last time I checked, good plus good did not equal guilty.” The prosecutor objected, of course, but she was overruled. “It seems like we’re going to be here a while with all these ‘objections.’ Would anybody like a pudding pop?” she asked the jury, who did, in fact, want eat the treat. “Would you look at that? Amid the show’s ramped-up, newly heavy-handed feminism, the costumes offer some of the show’s most understated jokes—the kind you could easily miss on first viewing. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) called the business community “a critical block” in the gay-rights fight. “It’s very good to win an issue because you have morality on your side, but it helps in America if the profit motive weighs in,” Frank said on the PBS show Overheard. “And essentially what you now have is the business community saying to the bigots, ‘Will you please knock it off, you are interfering with our ability to ruin the economy and make money.'” Big Business is doing the right thing, he added, but not exactly for altruistic reasons: It’s interesting what they’re saying, and they’re saying this: Do not give us the right to discriminate — you are giving me something I didn’t ask for. And they capture the spirit of Inside Amy Schumer at its best: the way the show astutely sends up female pack behavior while mocking the cultural pressures that produce it—the unwritten rules that dictate that bridesmaids wear unflattering, overwrought dresses and serious women who’ve got it together wear pencil skirts.

And Inside Amy Schumer’s outfits manages to affectionately skewer feminine tropes while answering, with a semi-straight face, a question that bedevils many a woman: What do I wear? Either they’ll be too kind to gay people or not kind enough. [Barney Frank] You can watch Frank’s comments at the Overheard site (they broach the topic at about the 12-minute mark), but the entire 25-minute interview is worth a listen. Among other things, Frank talks about how the left’s penchant for marching is counterproductive, why the GOP may secretly want the Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage, Hillary Clinton’s record on gay rights, and why he thinks Clinton should win the Democratic nomination without too much of a fight.

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