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Amy Schumer calls My Fair Lady's Henry Higgins a mansplainer

Amy Schumer, while throwing some shade at women's rights in the US, said that My Fair Lady is still relevant today

T2 Online Newsdesk 12 June 2018, 11:46 AM
Amy Schumer decodes the character of Professor Higgins

Amy Schumer decodes the character of Professor Higgins Image: Facebook/ Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer called the iconic character of Henry Higgins in the Hollywood classic My Fair Lady a "mansplainer".

The 37-year-old actor-writer, who introduced the first Tony nominee for best revival of a musical, My Fair Lady, addressed the state of women's rights in the US.

The musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion is a comedy about class. 

"It tells the story of a scruffy flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed by Henry Higgins, a man-splaining expert on dialects," Schumer said.

The I Feel Pretty star pointed out the production, which first hit Broadway in 1956, continues to be relevant even today.

"This interpretation celebrates Eliza's growing self-confidence and highlights equal rights for women. Because we actually don't have that...In Eliza's words, The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated," she added.

At the awards, the revival was nominated for 10 Tonys, including acting nods for Harry Hadden-Paton, who plays Higgins and Lauren Ambrose as Eliza.

Schumer was also nominated for best lead actress in a play for Steve Martin's Meteor Shower. She lost the trophy to Glenda Jackson for her role in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.

My Fair Lady also got a Hollywood musical adaptation in 1964, where Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison played Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins respectively.

(With inputs from PTI)

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