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You can say a lot about Amy Schumer but one thing you cannot say is that she isn’t a hard-working person. She has starred in and produced a film every year since her star-making turn in 2016’s Trainwreck, won several awards for her show Inside Amy Schumer (which she also wrote and produced), and has continued to do standup regularly (as well as multiple comedy specials including 2019’s Growing.)
And on May 5 she gave birth to her first child, Gene Attell Fischer, with husband Chris Fischer. But giving birth didn’t stop her from returning to her old stomping ground, The Comedy Cellar, for a Monday night standup slot. She was proud of the big moment so she shared it on Instagram with the caption, “I’m back.”
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And as you may have guessed, the internet had some opinions about it. “Ugh why are you working so soon?!” one commenter wrote. Another said, “Already???? That’s insane!!! And inhumane. Contract or not you need to be allowed at least 6 weeks for maternity.” Someone else observed, “I’m sorry. What?! Didn’t you birth a human like 5 minutes ago?”
However, people should know better than to mess with a comedian, much less Schumer who is the queen of witty comebacks. First of all, she said, “I’ve always wanted to be mom shamed!!!!” she wrote.
Schumer also had some supportive fans who called her a “rock star” and “warrior” for getting right back up there. “You can’t keep a good woman down!” one wrote to which she responded, “Oh no, you can’t.” Another wrote, “This just in: Woman gives birth, then within weeks leaves the house and stands up for 30 mins. surrounded by friends making people laugh. The horror. Call CPS.”
But perhaps the best response was when journalist Jessica Yellin wrote, “I can only imagine what a pump room looks like at a comedy club. Welcome back, #rockstar.” To which Schumer replied, “Every room is a pump room if you put your mind to it.”
The state of maternity leave in the US is quite poor considering we are one of the only countries in the world to have no actual legislation to mandate paid maternity leave. Plus, a 2016 University of Minnesota study found that 60% of women reported that they do not have access to space at their place of employment as well as sufficient time for their pumping needs.
Schumer does not have a conventional career where she works for one employer and is held to certain constraints but if she wants to return to work after two weeks she is absolutely allowed to and should not be penalized for it. Nor should someone who takes their entire maternity leave before returning to work be penalized but alas the internet never seems to be happy with anything.
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