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Amy Schumer Responds To Her Critics: 'I Am Not Racist'

Comedian Amy Schumer at Tribeca Talks in New York City (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
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Amy Schumer has become the Internet's darling over the past year, especially for her pointed skits and jokes that take on Hollywood's institutional sexism and rape culture. However, you can't please everyone.On Sunday morning the Inside Amy Schumer star tweeted a response to her critics, prefacing it with "put down your torches before reading this so you don't catch on fire":

"I go in and out of playing an irreverent idiot," wrote Schumer. "That includes making dumb jokes involving race." Although the note is addressed to no one in particular, her mention of her supposed "blind spot to race" and the timing of her note make it obvious it was in response to a piece in The Guardian. While it wasn't the most critical piece (it ends by saying, "[H]er widespread popularity and apparently endlessly rising star suggests that Schumer is providing something we’ve been hungry for: a walking, talking, occasionally farting counter-argument to the idea that feminists aren’t funny."), it points out areas of Schumer's routines that have come under fire before.

A Daily Dot piece last week called her out for not being "as feminist as the internet thinks," and a joke she said about Latin women at the MTV Movie Awards this year was negatively received by viewers (including J. Lo). Her "Milk Milk Lemonade" video was criticized by some for its use of black women's bodies.

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Despite this criticism, Schumer said she would not be toning it down. "I am not going to start joking about safe material," she wrote. "And don’t ask that of me. I love what I do and won’t let anyone take that away. I ask you to resist the urge to pick me apart."

"Move on to the next person who is more deserving of your scrutiny and not the girl in your corner," she concludes, after saying she is a "devout feminist and lover of all people."

On Friday it was revealed in an interview with the Daily Beast that Schumer was offered the role of being the next Daily Show host. The role went to Trevor Noah, who also came under scrutiny for old jokes on his Twitter account.