Amy Schumer has the perfect response when asked how she'd 'cope' if her son had autism
Amy Schumer is the comedian and actress who can seemingly do no wrong. From her career to motherhood, Schumer has no qualms about doing things the way she wants to do them, and if that involves her professional and personal lives colliding, then so be it.
However, her openness throughout her pregnancy and throughout the first few months as a mother does seem to rub some people the wrong way - such as the time she was shamed for returning to work two weeks after giving birth. However, taking everything in her stride, Amy responded to her haters with a very tongue-in-cheek Instagram post:
Yes, it's safe to say that Schumer doesn't care what you think about her or her family, and many comments have applauded the star for shining a true light on parenthood and "telling it as it is". However, now the star has been praised for yet another retort; this time addressing her baby son and the possibility of him having autism.
In an Instagram post of her and baby boy, Schumer asked her fans if they would be interested in seeing a documentary series on her pregnancy and birth. And while many fans were delighted at the prospect of seeing Amy's journey, on commenter decided to ask a more personal question.
Explaining how they wouldn't be interested in a docu-series, Instagram user 'iatotoro' said they would be more interested in seeing a documentary on how the actress would "cope" with the possibility of her son having autism:
"Not really, honestly. I think you’re great, I just feel like it’s self serving and overdone. I’d like to see a documentary of you discovering your mate is diagnosed with autism and how you cope with the possibility that your child will be on the spectrum.... [sic]"
The question was most likely raised due to the fact that Amy's husband, Chris Fischer, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while he and Schumer were dating.
Many of Amy's followers were quick to brand the comment "rude", but Schumer being the amazing woman that she is, decided to calmly answer the Instagrammer's question in a coherent and mature fashion:
Replying to the comment, the 38-year-old actress said:
"How I cope? I don’t see being on the spectrum as a negative thing. My husband is my favorite person I’ve ever met. He’s kind, hilarious, interesting and talented and I admire him. Am I supposed to hope my son isn’t like that? I will pay attention and try and provide him with the tools he needs to overcome whatever challenges come up like all parents. I’d be disappointed if he liked the Big Bang Theory and [NASCAR] not if he has ASD."
Amy has spoken very candidly about Chris' ASD in the past, and had some amazing words to share on Late Night with Seth Meyers:
In addition, the star spoke openly about her husband's diagnosis in her live Netflix stand-up routine, Amy Schumer: Growing, in which she says:
"Once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he's on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him.
"That’s the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do."
Needless to say, many of the comments to Amy's reply were overwhelmingly positive, with many parents of children with autism thanking the star for highlighting a very misunderstood issue. Instagram user 'ansfrost' replied the following:
"@amyschumer I love so many people with autism! And I love you for bringing a light to the subject! I do want to note that for some parents of someone who is SEVERELY affected by autism, their child can not communicate, is aggressive to themselves and others, difficult to potty train into adulthood, these are real concerns for families that are suffering. And those parents do need ways to cope. I’m glad that is not your situation. We also need to bring attention to ALL types of autism and it’s not all positive."
Well done Amy! Keep doing you!