Amy Schumer said the backlash she faced over insensitive comments Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger made about rape on social media was “really frustrating.”
“It was hard, because Kurt is my friend. And, yeah, he’s a great writer. And I know that he’s in a lot of pain. Basically, he was like a troll on the internet. I feel so bad for trolls. Like, how unhappy are you?” Schumer told EW’s Sara Vilkomerson on Sirius XM’s “Women on Pop” show. “But people don’t know the full story. They don’t know where Kurt’s coming from, and I disagree with everything… not the essence of what he said. It’s like, ‘Yes, of course, it would be great if every rape was perfect and we all got to go right to the police station, and due process,’ but that’s not how it works. There’s so many different ways that somebody can be sexually assaulted. It was really unfair of him to write that, and I disagree with what he said and how he said it. He apologized to those girls, he’s in touch with them now. He’s in touch with them, he’s in touch with her now. He feels completely differently about it, and it’s his story to tell.”
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She added that Metzger is not currently working for Inside Amy Schumer because the show is not in production — comments she initially made last week after social media users questioned why Metzger remained employed by the Comedy Central series.
“I can understand the instinct of, ‘How can someone like that have someone like that on their staff?’ From what they know. But I know Kurt, and I know he’s a really good person, and that this will change him,” Schumer said. “And he’s not on my staff. I don’t have any staff right now, I don’t have any writers, there’s no job to fire him from. But any sort of action being demanded of me by these strangers was really frustrating. I don’t want to be spoken to like that, and what’s great is, I don’t have to be.”
Metzger, who was a writer on the most recent season of Inside Amy Schumer and is friends with the actress, was slammed after posting a series of insensitive comments regarding rape on social media. After his remarks began gaining attention online, Schumer wrote on Twitter, “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.” She later added, “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.” A subsequent tweet further elaborated on that statement: “He isn’t a writer for my show because we aren’t making the show anymore. There are no writers for it.” But after speculation arose that the show was canceled, Schumer clarified Inside Amy Schumer was merely going on a hiatus.
Hear the full clip from Schumer’s interview below. Her memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, is out now.