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'Inside Amy Schumer' Tackles Rape & Football in Hilarious (and Controversial) Start

With an anti-rape parody of “Friday Night Lights,” season three of the comedian’s new show is making waves

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: April 23rd, 2015 in Culture » TV » News

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Amy Schumer’s at it again. The comedic genius is already stirring up controversy with the season three opener of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. In a skit entitled “Football Town Nights,” Schumer presents an insanely exaggerated parody of Friday Night Lights, in which kids from a small town are told by their football coach that they’re no longer allowed to rape. The declaration sends the kids into a fit of questions and objections:

What if it’s Halloween, and she’s dressed like a sexy secretary?

What if my mom is the D.A. and won’t prosecute, can I rape?

What if she thinks it’s rape, but I don’t?

What if she’s drunk, and has a slight reputation, and no one’s going to believe her?

The sketch runs for over five whole minutes, and may make audiences wonder if Schumer has crossed a line. However the routine is hilarious, and points to the problem with rape culture. Her routine plays brilliantly with the idea of “don’t rape,” as opposed to the mantra of “don’t be raped” that women are told to have.

"You can maybe look at that scene and think we’re making light of something serious, but we really are trying to educate, but that’s not always clear," explained Schumer at a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, as quoted by the Huffington Post. “Our hope is that people will laugh at that. They’ll think it’s funny and that maybe they’ll think, ‘Oh no, I can’t -- I shouldn’t film it.’ Maybe something will get in there and actually help the culture. [...] First of all, rape is good fodder for comedy because it’s the worst thing in the whole world. So it’s this untouchable.

"We’re doing our best to have people not check out or be offended," Schumer added, "but still get the message and laugh."

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