Amy Schumer explains Nicole Kidman joke but fans say, don't explain comedy

Howie Mandel Stands By 'Apologetic' Amy Schumer: Don't 'Explain Comedy'

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By Rima Pundir on September 18, 2023 at 9:45 AM EDT

Howie Mandel has Amy Schumer's back! Many comedians have said it loud and clear that she does not need to explain or apologize for her jokes. This show of hands comes after Schumer got a terrific dissing from fans, for poking fun at Nicole Kidman.

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Amy Schumer Apologizes For The Nicole Kidman Joke, Her Own Way

Amy Schumer explains Nicole Kidman joke, again

Amy Schumer took to her social media to offer an explanation for the joke she cracked on Nicole Kidman, during the 2023 US Open, when she hinted at the actress being less than human because of a stiff pose.

Schumer shared a picture of some text, that read, "Okay, so the joke I was making was the way she posed didn't seem like how a human sits. I was not making fun of how she looks. Nicole Kidman is beautiful and one of the most incredible actors of all time."

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Schumer's explanation comes after she faced a backlash for cyber-bullying Kidman, after she put up a since-deleted post of 56-year-old Nicole Kidman at the U.S. Open, having a somewhat “robotic” expression. In the shot, Kidman was sitting with her legs crossed as she rested her elbow on her leg, supporting her chin on her hand, watching the game with intense concentration. Schumer poked fun at her wide-eyed pose, captioning the since-deleted post, “This how human sit.”

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Instagram users slammed 42-year-old Schumer in the comment section, wondering why she was targeting Kidman and making fun of her. One Instagram user asked, “Are you cyberbullying Oscar and Emmy winner Nicole Kidman right now?” Another exclaimed, “Wow so mean! I expected one of my favorite comediennes to have more respect for other people’s feelings than this.”

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Schumer then posted an "apology," this time roping in Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis as targets, writing, “I want to apologize to all the people I hurt posting a photo of Nicole Kidman and alluding to her being an alien. I will be asking the cast of that 70s show to write letters advocating for my forgiveness.” She also hashtagged “taketimetoheal” in the same post, but deleted it later. That said, keen-eyed Twitter pages spotted it and spread it further.

She then deleted this post as well.

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The Caption Shows Her Being Her Usual, Sarcastically Funny Self

Amy Schumer is back to her funny self and Howie Mandel approves

While the "picture" contained a more humble tone, Schumer was back to being the funny girl she is in the caption, as she continued to address her fans, "I hope everyone is okay and takes a deep breath including all of the think pieces written on this. You guys good?"

Schumer then went on a monologue, writing, " To all of the people who commented on me. I’m so sorry I’m not prettier. Please forgive me. I apologize. It wasn’t even a slow news day. North Korea and Russia are getting too close for comfort. There are deadly storms sweeping our world and a man was convicted of rape. But what got your goat was me saying that Nicole Kidman's pose was not human-like."

After "apologizing," Schumer also proceeded to forgive the trolls and the haters, writing, "Breathe y’all. To the people who write hateful things below I forgive you as a mother, a woman, and most importantly as someone who also likes hot goss. Have a good weekend!"

A fan asked her, "How dare you make a joke - what do you think you are, a comedian?"

Mic drop!

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Howie Mandel Backs Amy Schumer On Comedy

Howie Mandel stands by Amy Schumer and her comedy

Now fans of AGT may not always agree with Howie Mandel, especially as his heckling made Sofia Vergara get just a tad touchy recently, but he's bang on about Amy Schumer.

Commented Mandel, on Schumer's post, "You should never be put in a position to explain comedy. You are and always have been a treasure. A sense of humor is hard to come by. Anybody who doesn’t get you is missing out on this treasure you constantly share. You shouldn’t ever feel you have to defend yourself for their inability to understand and enjoy."

Then came this little gem, "Wondering why you, as a comedian, thought it was OK to make a joke? Think about all the aspiring and impressionable young comedians out there… are they just supposed to make jokes as well? What’s next? Teachers teaching? Doctors doctoring? Am I just supposed to let my dentist fix my teeth?!?! WHERE DOES IT END. But also, apology accepted."

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