Amy Schumer’s dating advice? Take the wheelchair test
Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Beth
One thing I really like about NPR’s Fresh Air show is that whenever Terry Gross interviews a celebrity, she manages to come up with a question the star has never been asked before. Last week Fresh Air re-broadcast a show Terry Gross did with Comedy Central’s Amy Schumer, and in the interview, Terry Gross asked the comedienne about her father.
Amy Schumer was 12 years old when her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In the interview, she described MS as a quiet disease that was hard for her to understand at the time. “He would be fine but then all of a sudden he would be moving really slowly, and he would be in a lot of pain, but could still do the day-to-day stuff,” she said. “And so I really didn’t understand it very much.” Her father has been using a wheelchair for the past seven years and requires care around the clock now.
From the transcript:
GROSS: How did that change your life, having a father who had a degenerative chronic illness?
SCHUMER: I think it has…in my relationships. When I’m dating someone I think, would I want to push their wheelchair? Would this guy push my wheelchair? My mind goes there if I’ve been dating somebody for a year or two, and I don’t think that happens to people unless they’ve taken care of a sick relative.
She wasn’t trying to be funny here, trust me. She was dead serious. And if you ask me? Very insightful.