Amy Schumer fires back at critics of her stance not to do Super Bowl commercials in 2019: 'I may have made a difference'
Schumer took to social media to comment on the reports that Maroon 5 can’t find other high-profile acts to perform with them during their halftime show on Feb. 3. “I have done 2 Super Bowl commercials in the last couple years,” she wrote, “and I’m so stupid thinking my opinion would matter right? Well guess what? I may have made a difference. No one is stepping up to perform.”
To her haters, she asked: “Would you do that to stand up for people of color? I may have made an impact.”
Schumer went on to call out “white sports writers” specifically for their “snide” comments after she announced that, in support of Colin Kaepernick, she won’t do a Super Bowl commercial. “You can write about sports and even be the best at it but what have you done to help the marginalized or under represented?” she asked. “I will continue to do everything I can. Even with all the snide little white sports writers making cutting remarks.”
She ended her post with a Gloria Steinem quote that said, “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke.”
Schumer announced her boycott in October, saying “it would be cool” if Maroon 5 backed out of the show. Her decision followed a report that Rihanna turned down the headlining gig in support of Kaep, the quarterback (currently out of a job) who famously began kneeling during the pre-game national anthem as a protest against police brutality.
In an interview with Variety in November, Levine played coy about the halftime show gig — which is still unconfirmed. “I’m still formulating a lot of things” is what he said.
It was reported last week that the band has been turned down by more than half a dozen artists who were approached to appear with them during the show. Cardi B, who is featured on the group’s “Girls Like You” track, was reportedly one of those approached. “She’s been going back and forth, but it’s a no right now,” a source told Us Weekly. A Change.org petition was set up calling for the band to reconsider; so far it has 75,000 signatures.
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