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Amy Schumer’s hit Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, has transformed the comic from a successful stand-up into a cultural and political force over the past three years. Sketches like “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer” play off of the tension between America’s commercialized sexual culture and the misogyny at its root — they’ve also landed Schumer in the middle of what could be considered an all-out culture war over what exactly is allowed.

Not for nothing that the war over “political correctness” is really only a “war” for one side: At a screening of Schumer’s movie Trainwreck in July of last year, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing two, injuring nine, and then committing suicide.

The shooter, John Russel Houser, fit what has become the increasingly clear profile of extreme rightwing terrorism. Still able to buy firearms despite a judge raising red flags about his mental health in 2008, Houser was militantly anti-feminist and praised Hitler in online message boards, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After the shooting, Amy Schumer became an outspoken proponent of gun control, speaking about the issue publicly with her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, and incorporating gun politics into her humor.

Last night, Amy Schumer confronted the issue head on.

 

Photo: Comedy Cental/ Inside Amy Schumer.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Reps. Matt Gaetz, left, and Marjorie Taylor Greene on their "America First" tour.

Photo from Rep. Matt Gaetz's verified Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

At a time when Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is facing a federal sex trafficking investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has jumped to his defense and joined forces with him for a fundraising tour. The far-right MAGA Republicans are both aggressive fundraisers, repeatedly stressing their unwavering devotion to former President Donald Trump. But according to Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger, the Gaetz/Greene tour has "spent four times as much as" it has raised.

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