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."
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?"
She certainly has noticed a few things — namely that she can pin her troubles on President Trump, or in this case his alleged army of alt-right Reddit trolls. After all, Barbara Streisand recently blamed Trump for "making me gain weight," and women have been complaining that the president is giving them migraines. Schumer's just the latest to get in on the action.
But she hasn't exactly been silent on political issues in the recent past. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Schumer openly supported Hillary Clinton, declaring at one point that those who did not like the Democrat "aren't informed." In October, a Tampa crowd booed when she described Donald Trump as "an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster."
But is her show under assault by the nameless Trumpkins, or is it just bad? The top two most helpful reviews certainly don't seem penned by trolls:
I have always enjoyed Amy's stand-up. I got thru 15 minutes of this and called it a day. There is absolutely no growth in her act. The things she talked about in this special are things she's talked about for years - sex, her promiscuous life style [ sic] and drinking. I simply didn't like it as it was missing the primary ingredient required in a comedy special -- humor. [269 out of 306 members found this review helpful]
Awww, c'mon Amy! You can do better. Did you even try out this junk before you went on stage? This is some seriously poor, cringeworthy, stinky, low effort garbage. Do better next time. If there is a next time. [161 out of 192 members found this review helpful]