Amy Schumer has weighed in on Kurt Metzger’s controversial comments defending comedian Aaron Glaser, according to Rolling Stone.
The comedienne criticized writer Kurt Metzger, who works on her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, for comments he posted to his Facebook page last weekend. Aaron Glaser has been accused of sexual assault, and Metzger’s post, while slightly incoherent, appeared to challenge how legitimate the accusations are.
“If you are raped by Bill Cosby you and you didn’t go to the cops I get it. You were scared etc etc. I give you credit. If a fat improv open mic kid with a f***ing jew fro did it you are full of s**t,” Kurt Metzger wrote. “What this powerful man was gonna block you from level two? Go to the cops as a group and hold hands it you gotta. Otherwise you are just a typical lynch mob and luckily the guy isn’t black so no one is calling you that. But I will. [sic]”
Other comedians insisted that Amy Schumer needed to make a statement about Metzger, since they do have a professional relationship.
During a recent interview on Charlie Rose, Schumer addressed Metzger’s controversial Facebook rant.
“Kurt’s my friend, I love him. I’m not on Facebook, so I don’t read his crazy rants. He gets something from going after people, making them mad. That is not representative of me at all.
“I’ve asked him, ‘Can you just stop, because it comes back to me.’ Because he writes for the show, it’s a bigger story because of our connection. Whatever tangent he’s gone off on, I have not agreed with and it’s been really upsetting to me seeing someone that I care about hurt themselves like this.”
As the Revelist reported, Aaron Glaser was banned from his monthly stand-up gig at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) in NYC as a result of anonymous accusations. In a Facebook post he has since deleted, he claimed that neither the UCB nor the other clubs that later cancelled his appearances gave him a chance to defend himself first.
He has, of course, denied the allegations.
Schumer’s main concern, she told Charlie Rose, is diverting attention from Metzger’s attempt to “bait” people and focusing it on the larger conversation about rape.
“I would love to refocus the energy and the attention on the real problem, which is people understanding what’s consensual and what’s not. I was sexually assaulted. I encourage women to come out. I want men to hear what happens so that there’s no confusion. People have different understandings of what sexual assault is, what rape is, so let’s all get on the same page so that it happens less.
“I think it’s such an unfortunate, awful thing with all these gray areas because of things like this. There’s so much victim shaming. When a woman says they were assaulted, a lot of people’s first reaction is ‘No you weren’t. What was the situation?’ They treat it like the Salem Witch Trials. It’s really unfair.”
Before her interview, Schumer also expressed disappointment in Kurt Metzger’s statements via her Twitter account. Since Inside Amy Schumer is on an indefinite hiatus, she insisted that Metzger is not on her payroll right now.
I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn't be more against his recent actions.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 17, 2016
Kurt does not work for me. He is not a writer on my show. Please stop asking me about it. His words are not mine.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 17, 2016
Whatever the outcome, Amy Schumer, whose recent book release also stirred up some negative attention, handled Kurt Metzger’s controversial comments in the best way she could. He certainly can’t accuse her of slandering him unfairly, since she only stated the facts, but he should probably tone down his social media rants just in case the Inside Amy Schumer writer’s room decides that he isn’t the best fit anymore.
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