Judd Apatow teamed up with "Trainwreck" co-writer and star Amy Schumer because of her unique comedic style, but that's been getting her in hot water lately. So where does Apatow stand? He'd say everyone should calm down, if anyone was actually upset.
There's been a lot of talk related to Amy lately about lines of appropriateness, and culture seems to be going in a very outrage-happy direction these days.
I think that people aren't any different now than they've ever been. It's just that the people who are concerned about such things have easier access to a platform to complain. Comedians should be able to make jokes about everything. As long as your heart's in the right place, you should be able to comment about everything that happens in life.
It does feel like we keep getting these 24-hour bursts of outrage, though.
I don't even think it's real. I don't think anyone is outraged. I think, like, one blogger in his basement is outraged and makes a lot of noise so that they can get noticed, but I don't think people care that much about jokes. Jokes don't affect the world. I just think they're interesting to write about.
Maybe it's just the illusion a limited Twitter feed can produce.
I just don't there's a huge outrage about anything. It's just the equivalent of if every single letter to CBS when "All in the Family" aired was in the paper. It's just that there's a way for those people to get noticed now. But I don't think there's any more of them than there has ever been, and there's probably less.
You're very active on Twitter yourself. How do you like it?
I have to say I probably enjoy it a little too much. I like talking to people, I enjoy stirring things up. It probably takes up more time than it should.
You're also working on a Netflix series.
It's called "Love," it'll be on next year. I guess you could call it a romantic comedy in slow motion. It's just a very deep exploration of an ordinary couple. It's fun to write things knowing that people are going to consume it quickly. It's an interesting experiment for me. Some people think my movies are long, so it might be better for me to have a five-hour series to work on. (laughs)
What are your thoughts about people suggesting your movies are too long?
I mean, my movies are really only about 10 minutes longer than what other people might do. But then people will go home and watch 17 episodes of "Breaking Bad" in a row. So I think it really more has to do with the fact that people want to pee in the middle of a show, and if they can't pause they get frustrated.
Does the potential for binge-watching change your approach as a writer?
You do have to think about the fact that they're probably going to watch two or three at a time, minimum, and you want that experience to be fun. I'm trying to just enjoy it and learn as I go. We are making it with the thought that people are going to watch it in two or three sittings.
Do you do much binge-watching yourself?
I don't really, not in the traditional sense. I usually can't do more than two at a time of anything, and there are some shows that I'll still take four or five years to watch even though they're all available.
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