Accused of Racism, Comedic Actress Amy Schumer Says ‘You’ve Got the Wrong Jew!’
During a Monday night appearance on the Bravo TV talk show “Watch What Happens Live” (WWHL), comedic actress Amy Schumer responded to charges of racism, telling host Andy Cohen, “You got the wrong Jew.”
The “Trainwreck” star was responding to backlash she received after posting a message on Twitter about being catcalled in the street by men of color. Her comment, in reply to another tweet about racial inequality, was deemed insensitive by social media users, and Schumer later deleted the post, according to the New York Daily News.
Schumer — who was raised as a Jew by a Jewish father and Protestant mother — told WWHL’s Cohen, “I can’t think of anybody I’m racist against. You know what I mean? When I get accused of that, I’m just like, ‘You got the wrong Jew. You got the wrong Jew. You’re barking up the wrong Jew!'”
The 35-year-old posted the controversial message on Twitter days after her friend, “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham, was accused of stereotyping blacks for complaining that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. showed no interest in her at the 2015 Met Gala. Dunham made the comments during an interview with Schumer that was published in the former’s weekly online newsletter, Lenny Letter.
In the interview with Cohen, Schumer concluded: “Everybody has room to learn more about other cultures and racism — what’s offensive and what’s not. I spoke up a little bit just ’cause I want to get my girl’s back. I love Lena. I know she has the best intentions. I think we all have room to learn.”
Watch Amy Schumer’s segment below: