Amy Schumer is calling out trolls who have accused her of stealing jokes from late standup comedian Patrice O’Neal.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Schumer addresses the claims, which date back to her 2015 HBO special in which she joked about hilarious names for graphic sex acts. At the time the special aired, it was pointed out that O’Neal made similar jokes during his 2007 comedy tour. O’Neal died after suffering a stroke due to complications from diabetes in 2011.
Schumer claims she “did not see the set” by O’Neal because it “only aired in Canada in 2007” adding that “we both discussed it almost 10 years apart is pretty normal.” The “Trainwreck” star explains that she would be “shunned” by the standup community if she were a joke stealer, adding that both she and her TV writing staff would have scrapped any material immediately if they found a similar joke already existed. If any similarities did exist between her and O’Neal’s material – it was by accident.
“Saying I’ve stolen even one joke is incorrect,” she writes.
After setting the record straight, Schumer tells trolls to “continue to call me fat and ugly and unfunny. Anything to distract you from the Hell you’re living in,” adding that she is proud of her life and work and “won’t be stopping anytime soon.”