We heart Amy.
Amy Schumer is a goddess for many reasons; first and foremost, for her ability to shatter glass ceilings like she’s a kid who’s been let loose with a baseball set inside The Louvre.
And her flawless response to E! reporter, Giuliana Rancic’s predictable “So, what are you wearing?” on the 2016 Emmys red carpet this week proved she never misses a beat either.
Seizing the opportunity to change the conversation to something more meaningful, Schumer replied with an answer equal parts witty and groundbreaking.
“I’m wearing Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford shoes and an OB Tampon,” the comedian, who took to the carpet in a matching ensemble with sister Kim Caramele, responded matter-of-factly, catching Rancic completely off-guard.
Her reaction is pretty priceless, watch below.
Predictably, the Twittershpere immediately erupted with tweets that collectively echoed what every woman watching thought; ‘THANKYOU, YOU BEAUTIFUL UNICORN WOMAN, AMY SCHUMER.’
— Jessie Assimon (@jessieassimon) September 18, 2016
I just fell in low key love with @amyschumer for mentioning she was wearing Vivienne Westwood and an OB tampon.
— Cynthia Loyst (@cynthialoyst) September 18, 2016
YOU GUYS. No one else wears OB tampons and they are the best in the world. Thank you, @amyschumer, for advocating for the great tampons.
— Valentina Monte (@ValentinaMonte) September 18, 2016
Not only did Schumer challenge the tired sexist commentary the red carpet has been drenched in FOREVER – something that’s been highlighted before by stars like Tina Fey and Cate Blanchett, who famously dissed a reporter last year when asked her about her dress, insisting she be asked a more meaningful question – her response also bought the taboo topic of menstruation into the much-needed limelight.
The fact is, half the world’s population is women, and most of those women get a period, a completely natural process we’re still inclined to speak about in hushed tones, pretend doesn’t exist, or screw up our faces to as if we’re first graders and someone just suggested we have a crush on a classmate of the opposite sex.
It’s time to grow up, people.
Periods are real. Menstrual cups are real. So is scrubbing blood out of your new Victoria’s Secret panties, dealing with mood swings from hell and pain that can be so bad for some of us, it’s completely debilitating. Not to mention the estimated 200,000 women in the US alone who live on the streets and don’t have access to so-called ‘luxury items’ (thanks, tampon tax) such as sanitary products.
It’s little wonder pads were uncomfortable bricks we had to literally strap onto our bodies with attached belts until the 1980s, and have had basically zero advancements made to them in the last four decades since. Nor is it surprising that girls still grow up feeling confused and scared about what’s happening to their bodies when Aunt Flo comes to visit.
Here’s an idea: if we were all to be as brave and open as Amy Schumer when it comes to admitting the fact that periods are a thing, and awards ceremonies, wedding days, important meetings, first dates and major life events don’t stop them from coming on, maybe we could actually move toward living in a world where it was acceptable to be women in all our bodily glory – stained undies and all.
Images and video via youtube.com.
Comment: What’s your reaction to Amy Schumer’s Emmys red carpet response? Do you think it’s a step in the right direction?