Comedian Amy Schumer attends the 74th Annual Peabody Awards in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Amy Schumer has responded to a piece in the Guardian which scrutinized racially insensitive jokes from her stand-up special and recent stint hosting the MTV Movie Awards. In it, author Monica Heisey mused about whether a Schumer backlash would be inevitable given her sudden ubiquity.

“While there’s no denying that Schumer is an incredible talent, the material that doesn’t make the next morning’s feminist Facebook shares doesn’t fare quite so well under scrutiny,” Heisey wrote.

In a response she tweeted Sunday afternoon, Schumer wrote, “I ask you to resist the urge to pick me apart. Trust me. I am not a racist. I am a devout feminist and lover of all people. My fight is for all people to be treated equally.”

These complaints about Schumer have simmered as her star has risen, but Schumer felt compelled to answer them on the eve of the release of her new movie, “Trainwreck.”

It’s interesting the Schumer would request that critics “resist the urge to pick [her] apart,” given that it comes with the territory she’s entered. Heaven knows the Internet spent the better part of two days picking apart Trevor Noah after it was announced that he would be the new host of the “Daily Show.” As her career continues to grow in stature, of course Schumer is going to face more critical analysis of her comedy, especially if she insists on carrying on the mantle of feminism. And part of that analysis is examining whether Schumer’s feminism is intersectional. It would appear that it is not.

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Last month, in a piece for the Daily Dot, Anne Thériault argued that Schumer had essentially been granted a pass on jokes that were insulting to minorities because the culture has been so eager to embrace her as the new, fresh comedic voice of feminism.

“… while her work is being called subversive and transgressive, the truth is that many of her jokes aren’t as enlightened as they might seem,” Thériault wrote. “Take, for example, a bit where she says, ‘I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual!’ No matter how you parse this joke, it’s racist and awful. It’s not a smart critique of rape culture. It’s a white woman blithely saying that all Latino men are rapists.”

The predecessor in this arena who immediately springs to mind is Lisa Lampanelli, who also faced criticism for making men of color the butt of her jokes.

“How many Hispanics does it take to clean a bathroom,” Lampanelli asked during a stand-up routine. “None, ’cause that’s a n—–‘s job!”

Sure enough, someone mentioned Lampanelli to Schumer:

But that’s not entirely accurate. When Schumer hosted the MTV Movie Awards in April, she made a joke about Latinas.

“‘Gone Girl,’ how good was ‘Gone Girl’? Such a good movie,” Schumer said. “If you didn’t see it, it’s the story of what one crazed white woman, or all Latinas, do if you cheat on them. That’s a fact.”

Does this somehow make it better? As long as Schumer is making “Latinas be crazy amiright” jokes when she’s hosting an awards show or on “Inside Amy Schumer,” somehow they don’t count because they weren’t part of her stand-up act?

Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler have also faced scrutiny for similarly sophomoric race-based humor.

Silverman once tweeted a picture of herself in blackface with the caption “I’m having minstrel cramps.” Another joke, delivered with her trademark unassuming sweetness: “I used to go out with a guy who was half black who totally broke up with me because I’m a f——- loser. I just heard myself say that. I’m such a pessimist. He’s half-white.”

Handler was widely panned after tweeting for the Huffington Post during last year’s Oscars. While Sidney Poitier was onscreen, Handler tweeted, “#NelsonMandela looks great.” She also tweeted “#AngelinaJolie just filed adoption papers #lupitanyongo.” Despite the backlash, Handler stood by her tweets. If anything, Handler was perhaps guilty of trying too hard to be edgy and coming up with a blade desperately in need of a whetstone.

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The commonality here is white women who are trading on the fear of men of color as unclean pillagers of virtue. Let us not forget that Donald Trump has presented himself as a qualified candidate for president because he’s willing to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border for the purpose of keeping all those “rapists” Mexico keeps sending to the States at bay. That fear has been exploited to justify decades of racial terrorism, including as recently as two weeks ago when witnesses said Charleston shooter Dylann Roof killed nine worshippers at the historically black Emmanuel A.M.E church after telling them that “you rape our women.”  This type of benevolent sexism doesn’t just damage men of color, but hurts white women, too — it suggests that they’re helpless, delicate and in need of saving.

And there’s generally a common refrain in how these jokes are justified: the individual telling them can’t possibly be capable of racism because she’s dating or has dated men of color. The declaration serves as both inoculation against charges of racism, or so the thinking goes, but also as an assertion of agency, which is perhaps why Handler spent so much real estate in her book “Uganda Be Kidding Me” discussing her black former boyfriend “Tyrone” and how she relished her father’s obvious discomfort when she brought him home.

Perhaps the question isn’t whether Schumer, or any of these women, are telling racist jokes, but whether the jokes themselves are any good — that is, do they have any artistic merit? Have Schumer, Handler, Silverman or Lampanelli challenged long-held beliefs about the black and brown people they ridicule in their comedy, or are those people relegated to serving as comedic props? Do these comedians make us think? Is there any nuance in their messages? Or is it simply a remix of something we’ve already heard before, delivered in a pretty, foul-mouthed package, intended to do little more than shock?