If you’re a comic and you want to build yourself a nice little mob of hate-spewing trolls, talk about your politics in your act. If you really want to turn up the hate, be a woman. As Amy Schumer has learned, being a politically-outspoken female comic isn’t easy. Her politics and honesty about her sexuality and personal life have garnered her a dedicated following of adoring fans, but have also attracted the ire of internet trolls who attack her on social media and even try to tank the ratings of her various projects.
SplitSider posted a story on Tuesday, documenting the various efforts by trolls to derail the ratings for Schumer’s book, attack fellow comics who support Schumer’s comedy, and tank the ratings of her new Netflix special, The Leather Special. The latter, which currently has over 1,500 reviews on Netflix, has accrued a massive amount of one-star ratings. While some of them are surely legitimate, many of them appear to have been left by people who didn’t view more than a few minutes of the special, or saw none of it at all, but who simply disagree with her politics or dislike her personality.
“You’re a comedian, not an expert on politics. Stop feeding us this crap. The only funny joke you have is your career,” reads one review.
“I tried to watch it but found it to be unwatchable after about 3 minutes. To be fair, seeing Amy Schumer and hearing her voice gives me diarrhea inducing stomach cramps on her best day,” says another.
“I couldn’t make it through more than a few minutes without kicking off a gag reflex. More of a rambling attempt at being funny than anything else. Seinfeld had it right in reasoning that comedians who aren’t very funny have to fall back on using crude language,” says another reviewer.
As with all things, the truth usually lies in the middle of two extremes. The special has a 75 rating on Metacritic; most ratings from critics have been positive to mediocre, while the vast majority of the user ratings on the site are not just negative, but straight up hateful. The idea that there is a concerted effort by Schumer detractors to negatively rate anything she touches seems to hold weight, especially in the case of The Leather Special, which features material that’s par for the course for Schumer, but which is now eliciting way more of a reaction than it ever has prior, at a time when Schumer’s star is bigger than it’s ever been.
Schumer addressed the smear campaign in a post on Instagram, which you can see below. She thanked SplitSider for doing it’s due diligence in researching the reviews prior to accepting that they were all legitimate, informed ratings, and went on to say that she welcomes the hate that she receives, as it “makes [her] feel so powerful and dangerous and brave.” She goes on to say that “It reminds me what I’m saying is effective and brings more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going.”
tl’dr Amy Schumer has a lot of haters, whom she encourages to keep drinking that Haterade.
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! 😘😘😘