"Inside Amy Schumer" Addressed Campus Rape With A "Friday Night Lights" Spoof
"Clear eyes, full hearts, don't rape."
During the Inside Amy Schumer Season 3 premiere, Amy Schumer and Josh Charles starred in a spoof of the beloved series Friday Night Lights called Football Town Nights.
And in Schumer's version, Coach is trying to stop his players from raping women.
At a Tribeca Talks After the Movie: Inside Amy Schumer panel on Sunday, April 19, Schumer was asked how she managed to write a comedy sketch about rape and make it funny and also empowering to rape survivors.
"It's a risk because some people will be upset just at hearing the word and you can maybe look at that scene and think we're making light of something so serious, but we really are trying to educate," she said. "It's like, we know what message we want to send and we also think of what premise is funny and then we'll go to town."
Similar to FNL, the sketch is broken down by day as the town eagerly waits for Friday to roll around. On Monday, Coach Thompson (Charles) and his wife Amy (Schumer) have just moved in.
They're new, so they don't know much about the community just yet. But Amy does know how to dance and drink wine at the same time.
On Tuesday, Coach meets the team and tells them his three rules. Two are about being good football players and one is about being good humans.
But the kids don't understand.
Though they press him, Coach stands firm, while Amy stands nearby with an even larger wine glass in her hand.
On Wednesday, Coach and Mrs. Coach's elderly neighbors yell at them about the third rule.
Of course, she's there with some advice. (And some wine.)
On Thursday, one player comes to Coach for advice.
Because he STILL doesn't get what constitutes rape.
And Amy is there to look on proudly... and to drink more, even bigger wine.
On Friday, the big game is underway.
And Coach has to explain that rape and football do not go hand-in-hand.
He even comes up with a new take on the FNL inspirational catchphrase.
At the Tribeca Film Festival panel, Schumer said they previously included statistics about campus rape at the end of the sketch, but then decided it was "too heavy-handed." "You get the message just from the scene and our hope is that people will laugh at that, they'll think it's funny, and then maybe … something will get in there and actually help the culture," she said.
"Rape is good fodder for comedy because it's the worst thing the whole world, so it's this untouchable," Schumer added. "We're never worried about going there because we know we have good intentions."