2015 is, without a doubt, Amy Schumer's year. We've long appreciated Schumer's outlook on body image struggles, and when she was named one of this year's ELLE Women in Hollywood, the honor couldn't have been more appropriate. Since it's sometimes hard to put my adoration into words, I loved when Selena Gomez presented Schumer with the Hollywood Comedy Award at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 1. The "Same Old Love" singer perfectly expressed why Schumer's comedy is so wonderful for women.
"I'm a huge, huge fan of Amy Schumer," Gomez began. "I talk about her obsessively. I've tweeted her often. I try to impersonate her and it doesn't really work. I actually just met her so basically what I'm saying is I'm really happy that clearly Jennifer Lawrence wasn't able to do this tonight because I love you."
"... Amy, you've inspired me not take myself too seriously when I sat on my couch and I'm depressed about certain things," Gomez said. "You constantly made me feel I'm a badass even though most of the time I'm not. You say the things I wish I could say and you never ever make feel bad for anything I do in my personal life — even though you don't know me, so that's fine."
"Let me make it clear that clearly I'm a huge fan," Gomez added. "It's because she is the first comedian to truly speak to the women of my generation. She gets us, but the truth is, she has fans in every generation, both for her standup and her sketch comedy shows. With Trainwreck, which she both wrote and starred in, Amy has joined the ranks of the true comedy greats."
Schumer is clearly very deserving of the award, and Gomez's speech perfectly sums up why. Schumer's comedy speaks to an entire generation of women in a way that's empowering and empathetic. And, as Gomez notes, she never makes us feel bad for our decisions. In 2015 alone, Schumer initiated so many conversations for and about women, all the while constantly reminding us that we can do whatever we want. Thank you to Schumer for giving us each a little more confidence, and thank you to Gomez for perfectly summarizing how grateful I am.