Comedian Amy Schumer called out for stealing a joke at Oscars, but says "I'm funny enough, I don’t need to steal shit."
Amy Schumer has been accused of plagiarizing a joke from Twitter for her Oscars opening speech.
In her monologue, Schumer said: "Leonardo DiCaprio, what can I say about him? He has done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends. Because he's older and they are younger. Okay, you get it.”
The joke triggered huge laughs in the audience. However, netizens were quick to identify that it was very similar to a joke made by a Twitter user last year.
To address the issue, Schumer appeared on the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen show and answered a caller who asked her about the stealing episode.
Schumer said she personally hadn’t been on Twitter. "I've had my assistant do it, just so I can remain alive and not kill myself. And also, that joke was written by Suli McCullough. But I thank you guys, always, for making sure that I don’t start thievery.," she said.
Schumer added: "I just got to do a lie-detector test on Vanity Fair and they asked me, thank God, 'Have you ever stolen a joke?' and I said no, and it was ‘that’s true.’ So, everybody just chill. It’s crazy. I’m funny enough, I don’t need to steal shit."
Schumer has been accused of stealing jokes before. Back in 2016, three female comedians — Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, and Tammy Pescatelli — alleged that Schumer stole their jokes.
Another TikTok user and former comedian, @LadyBombDotCom, shared a story about Schumer stealing her own story about a guy telling her she "looks like she could take a punch."
Schumer is not the only high-profile comedian accused of stealing jokes. Talk show host and comedian Conan O'Brien was accused of stealing jokes from comedian Robert Alexander Kaseberg on Twitter in 2015. Kaseberg accused O’Brien, his production company TBS, and O'Brien's creative team, of lifting jokes from Kaseberg's blog and Twitter account.
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