Amy Schumer: Kurt Metzger comments on sexual assault discussed online
'I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger,' she tweeted
Comedy writer Kurt Metzger has been making his feelings on rape known in a series of recent Facebook and Twitter posts, and Amy Schumer — whom Metzger has worked with as a writer on Inside Amy Schumer — commented on his remarks in a tweet Wednesday.
“I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger,” she wrote. “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.”
Comedy Central did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment; Metzger is listed as a writer in the credits of the most recent Inside Amy Schumer season finale.
In his posts, Metzger scolds women who claim they were raped but don’t go to police. “Don’t f—ing complain about the police not helping if you didn’t bother going to the police at all,” he wrote Monday on Facebook. “‘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.”
He later responded to an article posted on Medium titled “Kurt Metzger Needs to Shut Up” with a series of tweets: “I could not be prouder of this article trying to smear me for being right,” he wrote. “Having this written about me is better than receiving a f—ing emmy.”
Following those tweets, he referenced a comedian who had allegedly been banned from performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade theaters following rape allegations from multiple women. “Im supposed to just f—ing say ‘guilty’ without even a detail of what supposedly happened?” Metzger said before launching a “f— u” toward the writer of the Medium essay.
“Oh u thought I was yelling at victims?” he tweeted. “No I’m talking to silly bloggers and everyone who yelled guilty without even hearing A STORY … U don’t need even one detail to go on? Not a name or number of victims or what they say happened? U just hear ‘rape’ and it’s on?”
Along with these tweets — and many more — Metzger also changed the bio on his verified Twitter account to read, “Proud cuck and rape apologist. If u use those words it means u are pure s— and I want u to HATE me. Please continue to feed me, cows.”
Schumer, who revealed she’s a victim of sexual assault herself in new memoir The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, has previously tackled the topic of rape in Inside sketches. In one, she skewers supporters of Bill Cosby, who was charged with sexual assault last year stemming from an alleged incident in 2004; another sketch features a football coach instituting a “no raping” policy to the disappointment of his high school team.
Schumer wasn’t the only prominent comic to comment on Metzger’s remarks. Cameron Esposito also posted a note to “female comics in New York and everywhere” regarding his rhetoric. See her tweets below.
This post has been updated with Schumer’s new comment.
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