Comedy star Amy Schumer, who posted a jokey Instagram video in response to actor Tom Holland saying he was temporarily leaving social media for his mental health, on Tuesday assured she was not mocking the "Spider-Man" star.
"Not shading Spider-Man," the Rockville Centre-raised Schumer, 41, said on Instagram Stories, according to screen captures of her no-longer-available post on that platform, where messages cycle out after 24 hours. "Making fun of myself. Of course social media is toxic!" she said, posting an image of a spider below her text.
Holland, 26, who coincidentally shares a June 1 birthday with Schumer, had posted an Instagram video on Saturday explaining, "I have taken a break from social media for my mental health, because I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming. I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online, and ultimately it's very detrimental to my mental state. So I decided to take a step back and delete the app."
He added, "On this very, very brief return to Instagram, I thought it would be very important and a good idea to shed some light on a charity that we sponsor," the U.K.-based Stem4, which provides a suite of apps designed to help young people manage anxiety, depression and low moods and avoid self-harm. "There is an awful stigma against mental health," Holland said, "and I know that asking for help and seeking help isn't something that we should be ashamed of, but it is something that is much easier said than done."
Schumer was the subject of online backlash after posting a video the following day in which she joked, "I've decided for my own mental health to do more social media. I find that looking at my phone for 8½ hours a day is helping me, and it's helping this pimple patch and this breakout. And being in my 40s, it's actually really good for me to watch all of 'Love Island' and all of 'The Bachelor's,' whether 'in Paradise' or just normal mansions. So you'll be seeing a lot more of me on social media, just for my physical [and] mental well-being."
Many entertainment peers understood the satiric nature of the video. "Finally a sensible take!" kidded actor Amber Tamblyn in the comments section.
"I have the same pimple in the exact same spot," joked Rosanna Arquette. "Love to you."
Among others posting supportive comments were comedian Chelsea Handler; actors Orlando Bloom, Michelle Pfeiffer and Krysten Ritter; actor-singer Vicki Lawrence; and sports figure Lindsey Vonn.
Schumer — who performs at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 16 and 17 and at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury on Sept. 22 — has spoken openly about her husband's nonnormative mental health. "I knew from the beginning," she says in her 2019 Netflix comedy special "Amy Schumer: Growing," "that my husband's brain was a little different than mine. … I really want to get this right, because I love him very much. My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger's. He has autism spectrum disorder."