No excuse for disrespect

I read Cathy Young’s column “Amy Schumer can’t take a joke” [Opinion, Jan. 21]. There’s a difference between Schumer the comedian poking fun at herself, albeit in a raunchy way, and a “17-year-old film critic” or anyone of any age tweeting an irreverent statement about Schumer the person.

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One may or may not appreciate her kind of humor, and if not, you may choose not to watch her perform. However, although she is a public figure, she is deserving of the same respect as anyone else.

The fact that the 17-year-old had met the comedian did not afford him any special license to tweet as he did.

Stuart J. Silverman, Wantagh