Known for her acerbic wit, Amy Schumer didn’t disappoint when she hosted “Saturday Night Live” on October 10th. But her monologue contained the now-standard diss at the Kardashians.
She said, when referring to the fact that little girls don’t have good role models:
“All they have, literally, is the Kardashians… And is that a great message for little girls? A whole family of women who take the faces they were born with as, like, a light suggestion? Is that great? No!”
“We used to have Khloé, you know? Khloé was ours, right?… But then Khloé, she lost half her body weight. She lost a Kendall, and we have nothing! I want good role models!”
Amy Schumer has set herself up as a role model for young girls because of her body type, her healthy approach to body image, and the fact that she prides herself on not succumbing to pressure to be skinny in Hollywood. She finds fault with a system that tells women they have to get plastic surgery to “fix flaws” on their body, to lose weight constantly, and to always look perfect. And she’s right—up to a point.
Obviously, this was a joke, and likely it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. But Amy’s remark does nothing to promote healthy body image, and actually just body-shames a woman for wanting to be thinner, and for wanting to be healthy. Is that so wrong?
Khloe thought so, and on October 11th, she tweeted a classy message not directly aimed at Schumer, but pointed enough that the world knew exactly whom she was targeting. She wrote:
No need 2 tear down others just 2 make urself feel bigger. It actually makes u quite small. I’m on a healthy journey. I don’t care 4the hate
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) October 11, 2015
Should Khloe have responded at all? Or was the comment harmless, and meant for a laugh?
Personally, I find it ironic that Amy Schumer is so intent on setting herself up as a role model, despite her frequent cursing and outlandish behavior. I’m sure she’s a wonderful person and someone to look up to, but when you compare Khloe and Amy (two women who actually have a very similar sense of humor), who’s actually the better role model? Does it matter?
We’ve talked before about how Hollywood actresses probably shouldn’t be the people your children look up to, especially the Kardashians. You can be a successful woman in Hollywood and not want to be a role model, and not want to tailor your behavior to suit young children who probably shouldn’t be watching reality television anyway, or ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Khloe is right: you don’t have to criticize others to make yourself look better in comparison. Khloe is, in fact, a huge inspiration to women who have made a healthier life and fitness their ultimate goal. If she did it, why not they? She is a role model for her healthy choices, not despite them.
On the other hand, Amy’s idea of a role model is someone who doesn’t care about beauty standards or the pressure to be thin, and that’s another wonderful way to inspire others. But it doesn’t have to be one or the other here.
And as far as wanting good role models for young girls, how about Amy suggest these girls turn off their televisions and read about Jane Austen? Malala Yousafzai?
Here’s hoping these two stellar women can put their differences aside and be what they were always meant to be: best friends.