Funny girl Amy Schumer had a run-in with an overzealous fan that has resulted in social bullying and death threats.
Leslie Brewer, also known as the “rude fan,” told TMZ he has been harassed nonstop since Schumer posted his photo over the weekend, accusing him of invading her space and recording video without her permission.
“This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the s*** out of me. Put a camera in my face. I asked him to stop and he said ‘no it’s America and we paid for you’ this was in front of his daughter. I was saying stop and no. Great message to your kid. Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no. I will not take picture with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”
Schumer’s Instagram post had over 25,000 likes, but fans’ responses were mixed. Some people thought her posting his picture would cause him to be targeted. Some thought she was over reacting. But more agreed with her.
And they wanted to teach “rude fan” Leslie Brewer a lesson in etiquette and boundaries. Brewer, an African-American, claims he’s been called the n-worn repeatedly.
One fan tweeted, “Shoot him in the face.”
Another fan told Amy, “If we see him we will jump him for you.”
Industry critics note that Brewer’s behavior is typical fan behavior. But Schumer insists Brewer overdid it.
“I asked him to stop and he said, ‘no it’s America and we paid for you’ — this was in front of his daughter,” she said.
Thanks for the kind words and support. I know there are bigger problems in the world. But this was not right pic.twitter.com/8fqoIm7sHC— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 30, 2016
Schumer concluded: “Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no. I will not take pictures with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”
When he spoke to Fox Carolina, he told them, “She was just so rude. She cussed me out in front of my family.”
Schumer admitted that the language she chose was not appropriate language to use in front of a child but she was infuriated.
However, no matter the extent of the interaction between Schumer and Brewer, many believe fans have no right to bully him. Brewer told TMZ that another fan threatened to burn him and his wife and daughter, though he has not reported any threats to the Greenville Police Department.
Brewer is defending himself via social media, calling Amy a social bully. He said he stopped recording as soon as Amy asked him to stop. He posted the video of their encounter to his Instagram page.
After viewing the video, Schumer says the video was edited and does not show Leslie chasing and yelling at her to stop for a picture.
“I did it in a non-threatening way,” Brewer said. “She says I got all up in her face, and it was completely different from the video.”
Nonetheless, Brewer blames Schumer for inciting 4 million people—all in the form of fans—to turn into violent, social bullies. He has demanded that she call off the hounds.
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