Amy Schumer Blames Trump and the ‘Alt-Right’ for Bad Reviews

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 3:26 pm, March 18, 2017
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Amy Schumer’s latest foray into comedy, a Netflix standup special titled ‘The Leather Special’, has failed to gain her many new fans, as bored viewers inundated it with thousands of bad reviews. Her fans really hate it, and they’ve been keen to voice their dislike. But Schumer blames those bad reviews on the “alt-right.” She also believes that Trump is out to get her.

Schumer’s decline in popularity over recent months has been well-charted. Jumping from one controversy to the next, the comedienne’s tired humor about her genitals and her constant attacks on Hillary Clinton’s detractors have become the subject of mockery by other comedians, including the writers of South Park. The public has taken notice.

“Can I give half a star? I couldn’t even get through this. Amy needs to expand on the joke subject matter a bit and stop talking about her swampy, stinky, lady-business area,” reads one review.

“All she talked about was how bad her poon smelled,” wrote another.

Thousands of the reviews complained about her tired routine. Some commenters highlighted Schumer’s theft of other peoples’ jokes.

Schumer argues that her comedy is great and that the only reason it’s getting bad reviews is because of her politics. Writing on social media, she opened fire on Reddit users, who she blamed for ‘brigading’ her show—declaring them all to be members of the “alt-right.” She also attacked journalists for reporting on the public’s negative reception, and blamed their actions on the Trump Administration.

“I am so proud of my special and grateful to all the people spreading love on line [sic] about it,” she wrote on Instagram. “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 [sic] activities as if it’s news. It’s indicative of the 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,” she continued.

“The alt right 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  shows and I want to thank them. It makes me feel so powerful and dangerous and brave,” said Schumer, making no sense of how her detractors’ bad reviews make her anything other than an unlikeable comic.

“It reminds me what I’m saying is effective and bring [sic] more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going,” she continued. “I am only alarmed by the people printing their organized trolling as ‘news’ this is what the current administration wants.”

Or perhaps, Amy, the only reason you’re getting bad reviews is because your show simply isn’t funny.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.