Comedic Actress Amy Schumer Blasted for ‘Jew With Horns’ Tweet
Stand-up comic and actress Amy Schumer has received backlash for posting a humorous message on Twitter poking fun at the antisemitic stereotype about Jews having horns.
Schumer, who was raised as a Jew by a Jewish father and Protestant mother — on Wednesday uploaded to Twitter a photo of herself standing between a bass clarinetist and saxophone player, each holding his instrument. She captioned the shot, “A Jew with horns,” a play on the antisemitic myth that Jewish people have horns.
One Twitter user called the caption “tasteless and unfunny,” and a “disgusting attempt at humor.”
Celebrity news website Gossip Cop also took offense at Schumer’s tweet, and published a commentary on Wednesday calling it “offensive, wrong and not funny.”
“While comedy can provoke discussion, its purpose is not to perpetuate hateful and inaccurate stereotypes,” Gossip Cop said. “And Schumer’s Twitter message, which plays off the misconception that Jews are horned creatures, accomplishes less comically than it does to reignite misguided prejudice.”
The website added that Schumer’s tweet “misses the point that sometimes humor doesn’t trump hurtful stereotypes.” Gossip Cop called on the actress to “grab her tweet by the horns and apologize for perpetuating this slanderous depiction of Jews for a mere half-laugh.”
It continued: “Undoubtedly, Schumer will justify her mildly amusing ‘joke’ by noting that she herself was raised Jewish and can poke fun at herself, as she often does with her comedy. But does that make it okay for her to spread untrue and hurtful stereotypes about Jews? Would jokes by a popular black or Latino comedian be considered funny if he or she tweeted to their millions of followers a wholly and historically painful stereotype about their people for non-minorities to laugh at?”
Schumer took to Twitter on Wednesday to offer a tongue-in-cheek explanation. She wrote, “my bad. I meant to say “A Jew with 2 horns.”