Amy Schumer may be one of Hollywood’s funniest gals, but she doesn’t think gun violence is any laughing matter. During her Critics’ Choice acceptance speech, Amy paid tribute to the two women who lost their lives in the Lafayette theater shooting. Watch her sweet message here.
Although Amy Schumer, 34, is still receiving praise for her hit movie, Trainwreck, she is still haunted by the horrific theater shooting that occurred in a Lafayette, Louisiana, showing of her film in July 2015, tragically killing Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson. Amy has already been very vocal about her advocacy to end gun violence since the shooting, but the Critics’ Choice MVP also used her acceptance speech to remember Mayci and Jillian.
After giving a classic Schumer-esque speech and thanking her family and friends — even giving a shoutout to her new boyfriend, Ben Hanisch — Amy closed in a serious, yet touching manner. “I want to thank Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson who died in Lafayette because a mentally ill person got their hands on a gun,” she said. “But we can end gun violence together.”
As soon as Amy got word about the shooting when it happened on July 23, 2015, she immediately tweeted, “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.” But rather than stopping with a tweet, Amy turned the tragedy into an opportunity to speak out on an important issue — and clearly isn’t done doing so.
Weeks after the shooting, Amy teamed up with her second cousin US Senator Chuck Schumer to beg the government for better gun laws. In a press conference, she admitted that the shooting was “very personal” to her, adding, “I’ve thought about these victims each day since the tragedy.” Considering she chose to close out her Critics’ Choice acceptance speech with a tribute to the victims, Amy definitely made it clear that they are still on her mind nearly six months later.
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