Amy Schumer ‘Disappointed’ in Kurt Metzger, Condemns Rape Statements
Amy Schumer addressed the controversy surrounding her friend and former Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger on Wednesday (August 17), condemning a series of misogynist, offensive statements he made on social media regarding the rape investigation of another comic.
"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," Schumer, who initially had come under fire for her silence on Metzger's tirade, wrote on Twitter.
"Kurt does not work for me," she added in another tweet. "He is not a writer on my show. Please stop asking me about it. His words are not mine."
In a later tweet, Schumer clarified that Metzger is no longer a writer for her series because she isn't "making the show anymore," suggesting that although Comedy Central renewed Inside Amy Schumer for a fifth season, it may not be returning.
However, Vulture pointed out that on Facebook Metzger took credit for Schumer's tweeted comments in a series of replies to another user, claiming that the Trainwreck star only spoke out after he told her to.
"I told her to [address it]. She was gonna say nothing," Metzger said. "She would have been silent to the end ... I will not have other people have to go down for me ... And I resent that they connect me to her constantly."
Metzger is credited as a writer for several episodes of Inside, and appears in sketches on the show. On August 15 and 16 respectively, he posted a series of statements on Facebook and Twitter regarding comedy venue and training ground Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's alleged banning of Aaron Glaser, a comedian accused of sexual assault by several women.
Metzger criticized the ban, as well as those who came forth with accounts of alleged assault by Glaser, writing on Monday, "Don’t f---ing complain about the police not helping if you didn’t bother going to the police at all. Why aren’t the rape kits being tested?? Because instead of actually educating women with useful information on what to do if they are being victimized, you blather nonsense about 'culture' and then tell them being weak is being strong."
(The comedian did not, however, address how to educate women with useful information on what to do if they are being victim-blamed by Kurt Metzger.)
In another post, Metzger slammed the UCB again, making a weak joke about Law & Order: SVU that brings to question his skills as a professional "comedy writer."
"Hey pardon my ignorance, but during an investigation don’t the cops actually question their suspect? UCB didn’t even need to! That’s how good at investigating UCB SVU is!!!" he wrote. "They psionically [sic] projected into the mind of the rapist and determined he was guilty! Amazing! Who could question any part of this? Unless they love rape?"
Meanwhile, Raina Falcon, a rep for the UCB, told Variety that while the theater would not formally address Glaser's reported ban, sexual assault complaints are taken "very seriously" and the organization "has always had an open door policy and encourages anyone with a complaint or concern regarding sexual harassment to report it immediately to any...Directors of Student Affairs, who are trained professionals."
In a post shared later in the week, Metzger remained unrelenting in his conviction, writing sarcastically, "Hey he's guilty let's start with that! What happens when the next guy isn't? Is that just worth it to get rapists? So sometimes we gotta break few eggs is that the argument?"
On Twitter, the comic continued his crusade against "worthless fake justice," blaming the millennials (of course), the "social justice warriors," the "hysterical mob of unthinking leftists," and people with... "phony colored hair and mediocre tattoos."
See some of his tweets below:
On Wednesday night (August 17), Metzger appeared on Sirius XM's Race Wars podcast, where he addressed his stance and the backlash he's received for it online. Listen below:
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