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Amy Schumer is 'taking responsibility' for controversial joke

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Just over a week ago, Amy Schumer defended her self-described “dumb jokes involving race” after Guardian writer wrote that the comic “has a shockingly large blind spot around race.” “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with,” Schumer wrote in a lengthy response on Twitter. “And that’s ok.”

She expanded on the topic Monday when a Twitter user brought up one of the jokes The Guardian cited (“I used to date Latino guys, now I prefer consensual”) and asked, “What is your responsibility/value system as a storyteller?” 

Schumer started off her reply by clarifying that she sometimes plays a “dumb white girl character on stage” and that she wrote the joke in question two years ago. “Once I realized I had more eyes and ears on me and had an influence I stopped telling jokes like that onstage,” Schumer said. “I am evolving as any artist.”

She went on to say that she’s “taking responsibility” and hopes she hasn’t “hurt anyone.” “And I apologize [if] I did.”

See the full exchange below.