Amy Schumer Acts After A Hoya’s Open Letter

50742-show-93986Yes, it is possible to love Amy Schumer even more than you already do.

She is remarkable not only for her unapologetic boldness, humor, confidence and ownership of her sexuality in Hollywood, but for using the voice that she has made for herself for a serious and urgent purpose — to combat gun violence in America. Her commitment follows an  open letter written by Sarah Clements (COL ’18).

“Amy Schumer, I and many other Millennials look up to you so much. You are our generation’s epitome of what it means to be a strong, powerful, self-aware champion for the experiences and truths of being a woman and an American today. I admire your unapologetic, unwavering stature and your ability to laugh at yourself while actually pinning the joke on the audience to address often uncomfortable truths.”

Clements, from Newtown, Conn., is a gun reform advocate whose mother is a survivor of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. Her July 31 letter, published on Medium, garnered national attention, including media coverage in major news outlets and an appearance by Clements on MSNBC. Schumer responded the next day.

Schumer and her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), have paired up to fight our country’s epidemic of mass shooting through the introduction of new legislation. Both the new effort and the open letter were referenced in Schumer’s Aug. 3 appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” making it the second time a Hoya’s work on gun control has made its way to Comedy Central.

giphy-2We love you Amy Schumer and we admire you, Sarah Clements.



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