By Kaeli Van Cott
After hearing about the shooting in Louisiana during a screening of Trainwreck, it became clear how relevant and important Amy Schumer’s new film is. In Louisiana, 59-year-old John Russell Houser killed 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson, injured nine other moviegoers then killed himself. Despite the calls for gun control and a need for discussions about violence, it seems that beneath it all, a real discussion about anti-women sentiments needs to be had.
Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer as a shameless woman, who is more into one-night stands and doing what she wants rather than subscribing to what everyone else finds suitable. She, at her whole, is an independent person who doesn’t rely on anyone else to do what she wants. The New York Post recently posted an article about how unattractive Amy is portrayed in Trainwreck and how unappealing she is to men.
Opinions like these are the reason behind why Trainwreck was conceived in the first place. Amy, a very open feminist, has described this notion of being judged for being unattractive, rather than being judged based on talent or basically anything other than her appearance. In her show Inside Amy Schumer, she has an episode based on 12 Angry Men that takes the entire episode to show a deliberation between the 12 jurors about whether or not Amy is attractive enough to be on television.
Films are an incredibly strong way to get across a message or get a conversation going. Trainwreck has opened the dialogue about the discrimination against women and double standards in today’s society. Although Amy has received praise for developing this film, she has also faced sexist criticisms that the film aims to shut down. Trainwreck has exposed what’s really happening in our society, which might not have been as possible without having such a film.