She’s Funny, But Is She Perfect?

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Comedians thrive on pushing boundaries, but the boundaries of what’s considered funny, offensive, or harmful are constantly shifting. The week that Amy Schumer released her new memoir, Kurt Metzger, a writer for her show, wrote a misogynistic Facebook post that defended a comedian who faced rape allegations by mocking the man’s accusers. Schumer’s fans became angry that, as a champion for feminism, she didn’t immediately disavow her colleague. But was she obligated to do so? The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, Jia Tolentino, and Andrew Marantz have a wide-ranging discussion about comedy, social media, role models, and the areas where the three intersect.