Amy Schumer Blames 'Alt Right Organized Trolls' for Bad Netflix Show Reviews
Amy Schumer's new Netflix special, "Amy Schumer: The Leather Special,” launched last week, and the reviews are scathing. But the liberal comic has a readymade excuse. Her show isn't bad — it just got hijacked by Trump supporters. Right?
"The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do," Schumer (Trainwreck, 2015) declared in an Instagram post last week. "They organize to get my ratings down. Meeting in sub Reddit rooms. They tried on my book and movies and tv show."
I am so proud of my special and grateful to all the people spreading love on line about it. I am the first female comic who is selling out arenas all over the world and so grateful for that. 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. Read the @splitsider article. They organize to get my ratings down. Meeting in sub Reddit rooms. They tried on my book and movies and tv show And I want to thank them. It makes me feel so powerful and dangerous and brave. It reminds me what I'm saying is effective and bring more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going. I am only alarmed by the people printing their organized trolling as "news" this is what the current administration wants. So this post has nothing against the trolls. 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! 😘😘😘
If this is true, it's pretty darned impressive. Schumer's Netflix show had 2,560 reviews as of Sunday, with an average rating of one star. Ouch.
Worse, the "Leather Special" has received negative reviews in the actual press as well. The Los Angeles Times's Lorraine Ali called the act "obscenely funny. ... And as it turns out, that's not a good thing." Ali argued that "the dirtier it gets, the less daring it feels." Newsday's Verne Gay agreed, saying there was "too much of the carnal Amy, not enough of the smart, cultural critic Amy." He gave it a "C." The Detroit News' Tom Long called it "pretty darn funny," but said the humor "feels dated. Things are going on in the real world, Amy, haven't you noticed?"