Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham Bonded Over Being Told They're 'Worthless' on Social Media
Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham became close friends due to unfortunate circumstances
Schumer, 37, is profiled in The New York Times, where Dunham, 32, opened up about forming a friendship out of the constant abuse they face on social media from their detractors. The two actresses are often the target of trolls and rampant criticism.
“It’s a pretty specific experience,” Dunham told The New York Times. “Most people don’t know what it’s like to open social media in the morning and hear you are physically, socially and politically worthless.”
But Dunham said Schumer handles the criticism better.
“She’s titanium, and part of her skill is the ability to make it look easy.”
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Schumer admitted in the profile that the weight of the backlash started to take its toll a few years ago, which led to her shying away from the public eye. But words of affirmation from a fellow comedian changed her outlook.
“I was kind of retreating a bit in general after years of getting beaten down, and [David] Chappelle was like: ‘There’s a lot of love out there for you, Amy. I don’t know why, but I heard it,’ ” Schumer recalled.
Schumer next has a new standup special Growing coming out on Netflix, which she filmed while pregnant with her and husband Chris Fischer’s first child. And though she wonders what people will hate from it, she doesn’t let it affect her work.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with my special — what’s the thing people will be furious about?” Schumer said. “It sucks to have everyone mad at me. But I’m not too careful.”
Amy Schumer: Growing starts streaming on Netflix March 19.