Amy Schumer's Latest Sketch Claps Back at Salespeople Who Body Shame Customers
Sometimes, salespeople in clothing stores can be pretty unhelpful. In fact, they can be downright rude in the subtle ways they interact with customers. It's a problem Amy Schumer addresses in her latest sketch called "Size 12." It premiered on Thursday night’s episode of "Inside Amy Schumer," and it's a pretty spot-on look both at the struggle to find a wide variety of sizes in stores and how salespeople can sometimes engage in some passive-aggressive body shaming.
In the video clip, Schumer is shopping in a trendy store, looking for a simple black top. A saleswoman comes over and asks if she needs help, and Schumer just has a simple request: "Do you have this in a larger size?" she asks, holding up a tiny black t-shirt. The saleswoman can’t even fathom carrying a bigger size, and freaks out when Schumer asks for a size 12. "Can you keep your voice down? You're scaring the thinner customers," she says in all seriousness.
She tells Schumer there's a "whole section for your situation," and takes her to an open field, where Lena Dunham is hanging out with a literal cow. "She's shopping," Dunham, wearing a bulky rain jacket, says of the cow. "It's her daughter's bat mitzvah." It insinuates this is the section for size 12 and up. The saleswoman fits Schumer in an actual blue tarp, which she says is perfect for covering her "problem areas."
The sketch is over the top, sure, but it points to a very real problem: Shopping for clothing is a very personal experience that challenges a woman's confidence. People want to find clothing that makes them feel confident and comfortable, and salespeople are often crucial to that task. If a salesperson approaches, say, grabbing a bigger size with any kind of disdain towards a woman’s body, it can be so damaging. And if a store doesn't carry a decent range of sizes, that’s kind of a dig at customers, too. Not everyone can fit in a size 0 through 10. Bottom line: Everyone deserves the same easy and empowering experience while shopping, regardless of their size.
Watch Schumer’s hilarious and nuanced sketch below.
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