Inside Amy Schumer- "Last Fuckable Day"
The third season of Inside Amy Schumer premiered on Tuesday, April 21 with a strong and fearless episode. The sketches offered up commentary on rape in sports culture (using a Friday Night Lights parody), eviscerated the media's portrayal of older women in celebrity culture, and gave us the best birth control ad I've seen in recent times.
However, one of my major criticisms of Schumer has always been her treatment of race. IAS has brought me around on Schumer's stand-up but some of her material is more cringe worthy the second time around. Her "jokes" about Latina women's behavior are offensive and lazy. In the aforementioned "Last Fuckable Day" skit, which was otherwise pitch perfect, having an actress of color would have gone a long way. The issues Schumer, Fey, et all are tackling are even worse for women in color who already are underrepresented in media, and especially in Hollywood. Casting Patricia Arquette is doubly perfect, given her acceptance speech at the 2015 Oscars.
Now that people of color and gay people have solved their problems, Arquette would like them to come help women out. K. Considering the way Schumer and her writers tackled other feminist issues with competency and grace, it's a little disappointing the only time we see any people of color are in the "Fudge Machine" music video. The song didn't bowl me over upon repeat viewing, especially I noticed those problematic elements. It's always hard providing criticism about a show that has deftly dealt with feminist issues, because they do deserve praise as well. The Friday Night Lights parody that served as an extended joke about rape in sports culture was brilliant. Inside Amy Schumer might not succeed in filling the massive hole left behind by beloved Broad City and recently departed Kroll show, but this episode made an admirable effort.