Since revealing that her husband is on the autism spectrum in her Netflix special Growing, Amy Schumer has continued to be an advocate for autism awareness. The comedian married chef and author Chris Fischer in 2018, and in May of this year, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Gene Attell Fischer. Earlier this week, Amy Schumer shared a photo of herself and her newborn and asked if fans would be interested in a documentary about her pregnancy and birth. The caption prompted a commenter to inquire about her son’s potential autism diagnosis, to which the comedian had the best reply.
Many of Schumer’s followers were in support of a documentary, mostly because she publicly struggled with hyperemesis, a condition that causes extreme nausea during pregnancy. But one follower said they’d rather not see a documentary. “I just feel like it’s self-serving and overdone,” the comment reads. But the user did ask how Schumer plans to handle her son’s potential autism diagnosis: “I’d like to see a documentary of you discovering your mate is diagnosed with autism and how you cope with the possibility that your child will be on the spectrum…” they wrote.
Schumer replied in the most perfect way possible. “How I cope?” she wrote. “I don’t see being on the spectrum as a negative thing. My husband is my favorite person I’ve ever met. He’s kind, hilarious, interesting and talented and I admire him. Am I supposed to hope my son isn’t like that?”
She later added: “I will pay attention and try and provide him with the tools he needs to overcome whatever challenges come up like all parents.” Of course, she couldn’t help but throw in a joke at the end: “I’d be disappointed if he liked the Big Bang Theory and Nascar not if he has ASD.”