Bill Maher has confronted critics of the new Amy Schumer comedy "I Feel Pretty" in his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" last Friday, May 3.
The host, who dedicated the entire "Explaining Jokes to Idiots" segment in the defense of the movie, ripped into the "peak snowflake" criticism, saying:
“Tonight I’d like to examine the reaction to Amy Schumer’s new film 'I Feel Pretty', which the professionally offended have decided that even though it’s a film by women filmmakers presenting a pro-woman message, it does it the wrong way. Amy helped wrong! Even though she really just remade 'The Nutty Professor', where someone not thin and not cool magically sees themselves as better looking and gains confidence — except when Eddie Murphy did it, he didn’t have the purity police up his a**.”
He continued, “Can’t we just sit in a movie theater...and laugh at what it is instead of dissecting it for what it is not? Movie reviews, they’re not even reviews anymore. They’re just, ‘How come you made the movie you made and not the movie I would’ve made if I had talent, which I don’t?'”
Shortly after the show aired, Amy took the time to publicly thank Bill on her Instagram.
She wrote, "Thank you very much @billmaher I really appreciate you doing this, sorry! People are showing up to and loving #ifeelpretty despite all of the odd projection and rage that started back with the trailer and continued by people who haven’t even seen the movie."
Amy pressed, "I hope everyone enjoys it but it’s to make women laugh and feel better."
"I Feel Pretty" tells the story of a regular woman who wakes up from a SoulCycle accident believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly.
Watch the trailer here:
Directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, also starring Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Busy Phillips, Tom Hopper, and Naomi Campbell, it is now showing in Philippine cinemas.