Somewhat-fashionable comedian Amy Schumer says that “alt-right” Internet trolls coordinated in an effort to ensure that her latest stand-up special for Netflix, Leather Special, would be poorly rated.
Schumer, who also happens to be a second cousin of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, became known during the recent political season for her outspoken opposition to anything conservative. It is because of her strong and vocal liberal stances, she believes, that conservatives came together to see to it that reviews for her special were as plentiful as they were bad.
As reported by several media outlets, including Fox News, Schumer took to Instagram to lodge a post addressing what she sees as the issue, including, it seems, the inclination of news organs to report on the alleged activity itself:
“I am embarrassed for the ‘journalists’ who report on trolls activities as if it’s news. It's indicative of administration right now. Anyone who reported that ‘viewers aren't happy’ with my special, it would have been cool if you did a moment of research before posting. The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do.”
Later, Schumer wrote:
“I thank you trolls so much. It fills me with hope and power to see you all furiously posting so as always accuse me of whatever lies you want. Call me a whale. Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead. I know who I am. I am strong and beautiful and will use my voice my whole time on this earth. Journalists do better it's embarrassing. Trolls see you on the next one!”
“Comedians, actors, singers and other celebrities can say whatever they want, whenever they want. God Bless America. No one is stopping them. But to then act surprised or become angry or accusatory when some of the things they’ve said insult or offend the values of the millions of people who make up their ticket-buying audience isn’t just disingenuous; it’s downright pathetic.
“If Amy Schumer wants to call everyone who voted for Trump ‘weak,’ ‘misinformed’ Ku Klux Klan members, she shouldn’t be surprised that a few of those disgruntled Trump voters would flip her the bird in the form of a one-star review on her Netflix special.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large