“Stand-up comic” Amy Schumer thinks people really like her new Netflix special and — contention not supported by the show’s lousy reviews. But Schumer has another theory. She attributes the bad buzz to “alt right organized trolls,”
On Friday Fox News reported :
Schumer’s “The Leather Special” debuted last week on Netflix, and as the streaming service’s subscribers are starting to watching it, less-than-stellar reviews have been pouring in.
But the stand-up comic said these reviews aren’t because her special is sub-par. She says its poor reception is a result of a coordinated online campaign from the alt-right.
“The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do,” she said in a lengthy Instagram post. “They organize to get my ratings down.”
Here’s her entire rambling Instagram rant attacking journalists and the “trolls” who are allegedly so powerful they drove her ratings down:
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! ????????????
“Maybe Russia hacked her shows ratings,” one person said on Instagram.
“Let’s be honest. 50 minutes of unbearable face palm – the rest of the 10 mins you aren’t talking was bearable,” another person added
According to Fox, several outlets were pretty down on the show:
[A]n LA Times review … said the special was too over-the-top when it came to the R-rated content Schumer is known for.
“‘The Leather Special’ not only relies on… explicit themes, but kicks it all up a notch so there’s more of it — with more frequency and extremities. And as it turns out, that’s not a good thing.”
Newsday’s TV critic gave a similar message, giving the special a C grade, writing that it’s “too much” and “too carnal.”
The Detroit News was a bit more charitable, calling the special “funny but predictable.”
Are all of these outlets run by the alt-right? Who knew?