Comedian Amy Schumer has not been spared from criticism since giving birth to her first child, Gene, last May. She’s been picked on for working two weeks after giving birth and even for wearing hospital underwear. When an Instagram user recently commented on the possibility that Gene will have autism like his father, Amy’s hubby, Chris Fischer, she was served with quite the clapback from the Growing comedian.
Amy posted an adorable picture on Instagram of her and baby Gene at the beach with a caption that read:
“Would anyone be interested in seeing a docu series of my pregnancy and birth?”
To this, Instagram user, iatotoro commented:
“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…”
Geez. That was unnecessary, to say the least. Of course, Amy was ready with a witty response:
“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?”
Amy also added that she will try to give Gene the tools needed to overcome any challenges he might face. She finished her comment comically with the following:
“I’d be disappointed if he liked the Big Bang Theory and NASCAR not if he has ASD.”
It’s just like Amy to throw in some humor while defending her son and husband. We don’t blame her for how she replied. By suggesting that she has to “cope” with her son being at risk for autism, the stigma around those on the spectrum is reinforced. Luckily, she didn’t let the negativity bother her and even cracked a joke about it. Sometimes that’s the only way to respond to unwanted parenting opinions.