Actress Amy Schumer .
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If you can’t eradicate double standards, then at least expose their absurdities.
That, at least, was the philosophy behind Amy Schumer’s now viral skit entitled “Last F***able Day.” The skit, which aired during the season premiere of her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, shows Schumer stumbling into a Mad Hatter- like tea party with Tina Fey, Julia Louis- Dreyfus and Patricia Arquette. When a perplexed Schumer asks the ladies what they are doing, Louis-Dreyfus explains that they are celebrating the last day she is allowed to be a sexual object in the eyes of Hollywood.
“There comes a point in a woman’s life where the media believes you’re not f***able anymore,” Louis-Dreyfus breezily says.
Louis-Dreyfus, 54, and Fey, 44, point out that the transition from playing a character who confidently saunters into a room to wearing large oversized sweaters happens practically overnight.
“You know how Sally Field was Tom Hanks’ love interest in Punchline and then, like 20 minutes later, was his mother in Forrest Gump?” Fey points out to a concerned Schumer.
Even worse, the actresses joke that any attempt to combat the inevitability of aging will only backfire. Citing the overly botoxed faces of the Real Housewives women as an example, Fey says, “They try to look young, but they end up looking like a purse that melted in a car.”
So far, the skit has generated over a million views on YouTube in less than a week.
The idea for the skit originated three years ago, but finding actresses who wanted to participate was a challenge.
“‘Oh, last f***able day, wouldn’t that be funny to hear a bunch of famous women say a thousand times?’ Then it became a journey to find the angels who ended up doing it,” Inside Amy Schumer head writer Jessi Klein told reporters at the Tribeca Film Festival last week.
“We really just got to hang out in that dreamlike situation. They were kind of outraged by the same stuff that we thought was unfair. They all had amazing stories,” Schumer said of the three award-winning actresses.
Schumer has never been one to shy away from uncomfortable sexual territory.
Another skit in her third-season premiere – a spoof on the football drama Friday Night Lights – served as a vehicle to tackle the subject of rape on college campuses.