WaPo Reporter Who Called Amy Schumer Racist Never Saw Her Standup or TV Show

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

If you’re looking for more evidence that proves just how far the Washington Post has fallen, without looking for context or having any knowledge of its subject, the left-wing Post is allowing its so-called reporters to hurl accusations of racism.

In an article titled, “Don’t believe her defenders. Amy Schumer’s jokes are racist,” the Post’s Dr. Stacey Patton and David J. Leonard wrote, “Joking or not, she used her stage to play and profit off race while people of color bear the brunt of racial violence.”

In an interview with Interrobang.com, Patton now admits that she attacked Amy Schumer as racist without ever watching a minute of the comedian’s television show or standup act:

The Interrobang; Have you ever watched Amy’s television show… in preparation for the article?

Stacey Patton: Nope. Not at all.

The Interrobang: Her stand up set[s]? have you ever watched any of them?

Stacey Patton: Nope. None of them.

So, without knowing anything about Schumer or the context in which they were told, why did Patton and the Washington Post base their accusations of racism off of singular, cherry-picked Schumer jokes quoted in another publication (The Guardian)?

In a word: feelings….

The Outlook editor actually wrote to me last week and asked if I’d be willing to write about this. And I hadn’t actually heard about the incident.  And you know, I’m not a fan or foe of Amy Schumer.  Hadn’t really paid attention to her.  She’s not a comedian whose work I follow so I was not really that familiar with her.  And I was still quite frankly reeling from Charleston.  Because I was in Charleston three days before the shooting and I was staying two blocks away from the church so, yeah, I was still dealing with a lot of the backlash from my Washington Post piece on that.  And so when I kind of looked at some of the coverage on Schumer, I initially thought meh.  This woman is joking.  You know, myself and a lot of people are still grieving the lives of those people in Charleston.

But then I thought about Donald Trump’s remarks and then the fact that a few days layer Dylann Roof stands up in a church and before shooting nine people says, ‘taking over my country you’re raping our women’ despite the fact that most of his victims were black women.  And then it was Schumer’s comments about Mexican men and rapists.  And I thought, see, that’s when I had to say something…

Based on the images that I’ve seen, photos of her– again, I have not watched any of her videos but if I look and I see a predominantly white audience that tells me something right there.  And based on what I’m seeing on social media– and I have a huge social media audience myself, most of the black people that are commenting– actually all of them that I’m seeing– have been reacting very negatively to her. So that tells me that she’s not very popular among people of color.

This is what passes for journalism at the Washington Post today.

Worse, this is the current Washington Post standard for hurling accusations of racism from its pages.


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