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‘Inside Amy Schumer’: Freeing the Pussy on Comedy Central

'Inside Amy Schumer': Freeing the Pussy on Comedy Central

Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer is one of the most incisive and brutally honest feminist commentaries in mainstream media today. The skit “Compliments” (about the inability of women, especially younger women, to hear nice things about themselves without resorting to self-deprecation) is a small masterpiece, while the “A Very Realistic Military Game” is a searing (and necessary) critique of rape in the military and casual misogyny among video-gamers. 

To be so frank about sex and sexism requires the language to talk about those matters candidly. At a Paley Center panel for the New York Comedy Festival, creator and star Amy Schumer, executive producer Dan Powell, and head writer Jessi Klein revealed that Powell fought with Comedy Central to use the word “pussy” on the show. 

“Dan decided that it wasn’t fair that they bleep the word ‘pussy,'” recalled Schumer. “Because you are allowed to say the word dick on Comedy Central,” said Klein. 

“Halfway through the first season, we started to realize that a lot of the show was addressing women’s issues and gender politics,” shared Powell. “I’d written a letter, sort of like write I’d write to my congressman, and I guess it struck a chord.” Comedy Central eventually approved “pussy” to be broadcast on the basic-cable network. “That was Dan’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” joked Schumer. 

The result was “Acting Off-Camera” (one of Schumer’s favorite sketches), which takes aim at one of the show’s repeat targets: the media’s ridiculous beauty standards for women. “Pussy” is part of one of the sketch’s main punchlines, so we’ll let you check it out on your own below without spoiling the joke: 

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[via Vulture]

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