And then Amy Schumer hit the “Detonate” button. In the Season 3 premiere of her eponymous show, the comedienne put out one viral-worthy sketch after another. “Football Town Nights” slapped football’s rape culture on the ass and gave it a wink, and “Milk Milk Lemonade” recruited Amber Rose and Method Man to elucidate what we’re really fetishizing when we talk about booty. But it was the “Last F**kable Day” bit that really saw everything we love about Schumer culminate into a razor sharp point. The idea that any actress has a final day where she’s considered desirable might sound dreary, but it’s really a celebration! A milestone in every actress’s life when she is put out to pasture (or swaddled in full-coverage sweaters), because she is no longer seen by the media as a sex object. And on this day Schumer happened into a leafy glade where Julia Louis-Dreyfus was being honored with a small fete attended by Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette, both of whom have already taken their rites of passage. Bless.
Schumer is thrilled to be amidst her idols, but confused at their willingness to acquiesce in the face of societal pressure. And when Schumer asks if men have a “Last Fuckable Day,” Fey patiently explains they could be old as hell with nothing but a mist of white spiders rewarding their sexual efforts and they would still always be considered desirable by Hollywood. Such is the way. It’s all very hysterical and sad and true and smart, and demonstrates what a major voice Schumer has become in comedy and feminist commentary over the past two years. These women have enough Emmys and money between them to build homes of gold, and when Amy Schumer called they said “yes.” Keep fighting the good fight, Amy.