Judd Apatow speaks out on Bill Cosby again: It’s ‘time for everybody to wake up’

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Judd Apatow Slams Bill Cosby After Revelations in Unsealed Court Documents: ‘When You Go Out on a Date, You Don’t Need Seven Prescriptions for Quaaludes’.

has been vocal about condemning Bill Cosby over the countless sexual assault claims against the comedian. She’s turned her Peabody-winning Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer,” into a spinning collider of gender roles, firing out weekly, instantly viral parodies of men and women, in bed and on screens.”It’s always: I walk in a room thinking maybe I belong in here,” she says over a plate of meatballs at a Greenwich Village cafe. “And then I get reminded quickly that I don’t. And a week after unsealed court documents from 2005 revealed Cosby obtained drugs to provide to women before having sex with them, Apatow has spoken out again, calling the scandal “one of the most tragic things that’s happened in our business.” The 47-year-old writer-director sat down with Today anchor Willie Geist on Monday to promote his upcoming comedy Trainwreck, but struck a more serious note during the conversation when asked about the television icon’s spiraling legal drama. Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, has denied allegations of sexual assault, saying in a statement in November after multiple accusers spoke out against the actor: “This is utter nonsense.

People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy.” “You have been – whether you wanted this role or not in our society – you’ve been the leading voice going after Bill Cosby in the wake of all these allegations by women against him. Is that something you did consciously?” Geist asked. “Not really, but I just kept noticing that no one else was saying that this was a bad thing and there was just such a giant vacuum. Her humor — satirical, raunchy, absurdist — is built on a fresh and on-point feminism, alert to both the injustices of sexism and the helpless farce of the sexes.

I would have loved to not talk about it, but it’s incredibly sad,” Apatow explained. “And I do think we have to stand up for the women and say, ‘We believe you.’ ” “A lot of people got terribly hurt. The jokes have included her expectation a more attractive actress, “a Kate” (like Kate Upton or Kate Middleton), would be cast in her place, and her insistence that her Los Angeles experience has proven she’ll never be a movie star. “Definitely not,” she confirmed in a recent interview. “I’m not doing it. Famous people can meet women without the enormous prescriptions,” Apatow continued. “I think we all should be very hesitant about getting involved in anything. Through his longtime publicist, Cosby responded that he had no comment at the time.) On Thursday, Apatow issued a series of Tweets directed at Whoopi Goldberg, asking her to accept the legal facts of the scandal rather than try to remain a “loyal friend.” Apatow’s friend and colleague Lena Dunham also spoke out in support of his vocalness, Tweeting on Sunday, “I love knowing an angry hairy feminist like @JuddApatow !” “It takes Hollywood far too long to believe survivors, and even longer to stop defending the men who make the money.

I left the press junket like, ‘Stand-up’s cool.'” Yet “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow, has already won glowing reviews for its crude humor and sweet authenticity. A Chicago-based rape survivor group has also launched a White House petition encouraging the Obama administration to revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, a coveted honor bestowed on individuals for their contributions to society. One of her most famous sketches, a full-episode version of “12 Angry Men” in which jurors weigh whether Schumer is hot enough for TV, also came from a blogger’s comments. “I’m trying to do my part, just so people can feel comfortable in their own skin,” she says. “I don’t think we should throw out all the hot people.

They actually kind of like it.” That underlying message of self-acceptance has made Schumer a kind of comic everywoman candidly baring her anxieties and embarrassments — and triumphs over them — for an understanding audience. “I am really in it to talk to the women in the crowd, if I’m being totally honest,” she says. “But what I’ve found is that the men want to hear it, too. And women are just as much to blame as men for why we’re not able to understand each other.” Her talent has lured not just Apatow but Chris Rock (director of her upcoming HBO special) and Madonna, whom Schumer will open for in September. A recent column in the Guardian, citing a sketch from the show’s first season, claimed Schumer has a “blind spot around race.” Schumer posted online that the sketch had been misinterpreted and that she wouldn’t start joking about “safe material” — a response she now regrets. “I talked to Louie (C.K.) and Lena (Dunham) and Chris Rock and they were like, ‘Yeah, you can’t respond,'” said Schumer. But the resulting headlines crystalized the new challenges coming for Schumer. “The pressure is that there are more eyes on me,” says Schumer, a cousin of New York Senator Chuck Schumer. “It is strange to be treated like a politician all of a sudden.” But as Schumer finds herself increasingly on the inside of Hollywood glitz or partying at the Emmys, she’s also recoiling — back to New York, back to the stage.

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