Amy Schumer’s latest comedy special is apparently the target of a coordinated online campaign to tank reviews.
The website Splitsider has published a report claiming Redditors who count themselves among the so-called “alt-right” have been working to give Schumer’s new Netflix special poor ratings.
Schumer’s The Leather Special debuted on Netflix last week, and scored solid notices from Vulture, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. But as Splitsider’s Megh Wright points out, a ton of outlets reported on its bad user reviews — even though The Leather Special received a suspicious amount of ratings since its premiere (currently more than 1,400 total reviews).
With some digging into the Reddit world, Wright discovered a ton of calls (like this one) to give Schumer’s special only one star from members of the “alt-right,” a white nationalist group. Read the entirety of Wright’s article here.
Schumer responded on Instagram on Wednesday, writing, “The alt-right organized 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 show And I want to thank them. It makes me feel so powerful and dangerous and brave. It reminds me what I’m saying is effective and bring more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going.” See her full response below.
I am so proud of my special and grateful to all the people spreading love on line about it. 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 activities as if it's news. It's indicative of 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. The alt right organized 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 show And I want to thank them. It makes me feel so powerful and dangerous and brave. It reminds me what I'm saying is effective and bring more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going. I am only alarmed by the people printing their organized trolling as "news" this is what the current administration wants. So this post has nothing against the trolls. I thank you trolls so much. It fills me with hope and power to see you all furiously posting so as always accuse me of whatever lies you want. Call me a whale. Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead. I know who I am. I am strong and beautiful and will use my voice my whole time on this earth. Journalists do better it's embarrassing. Trolls see you on the next one! 😘😘😘
The attacks on Schumer recalls what happened last summer to the Ghostbusters trailer. In that case, online trolls turned the teaser into the most disliked trailer in the history of YouTube, with more than 1 million down votes.