Some days, you wake up thinking you have a pretty good handle on how the world works. Take Wednesday (August 17), for instance. Simone Biles is still our collective savior, Kate Middleton has yet to see a bad hair day, and Amy Schumer is a staunch supporter of women. Simple, right?
Not so, as the last of these items is now being called into question. It recently came to light that Schumer, who should be spending the day celebrating the launch of her new book, has been employing a misogynist troll for years.
Kurt Metzger, an "Inside Amy Schumer" writer, is under fire for vocally supporting Aaron Glaser, a former Upright Citizens Brigade comedian who was banned from the club on Saturday (August 13) after multiple rape allegations against him surfaced. Soon after, Metzger took to Facebook to provide his *enlightened* take on the situation. And it wasn't pretty.
Metzger went on Facebook Sunday (August 14) to mock the alleged victims who spoke online about their experiences being assaulted by Glaser.
By implicating Glaser online instead of going to the police, Metzger essentially accused the victims of being misdirected at best, cowardly and whiny at worst.
This is yet another very public example of the way society expects victims of assault to behave, especially when it comes to reporting their rape in a timely fashion. Those who don't navigate the aftermath the "correct" way are susceptible to societal suspicion and hateful, unsympathetic discourse, like Metzger's.
This, after it's been proved time and time again there ISN'T a "correct" or "normal" way to react to an assault — and insisting there is one is just an exceptionally toxic form of victim-blaming.
Metzger continued to tweet about the issue all day Tuesday, and eventually berated the appearance of writer Nikki Black when she blogged about his history of harassing women online.
Black pointed out on Medium that, in 2013, the Daily Dot reported on Metzger harassing feminist bloggers Lindy West and Sady Doyle after they questioned the role of rape culture in comedy. He also claimed to have to have committed domestic violence by "criminally choking" an ex-girlfriend.
According to Metzger himself, despite accusations from West and Doyle that he led a targeted harassment campaign against them, Schumer and Comedy Central gave him a raise.
In response to Black resurfacing the issue, Metzger wrote she has "The Face A Dr Rebuilds For U After A Chimp Attack!"
Her response is not only disheartening — it's baffling AF.
Amy. Dude. What in the Goddess' creation is going on here??
How is it that Schumer, who has herself revealed her first time having sex was nonconsensual, isn't smacking Metzger, a clear rape apologist, down for this? At the very LEAST he deserves an official slap on the wrist, and his multitude of Facebook posts and tweets should be taken down. Yet, as of Wednesday afternoon (August 17), they remain standing. By not only remaining silent, but actually blocking her fans who are demanding that some kind of action be taken against Metzger, Schumer is essentially voicing her support of his messages. And that just seems unimaginable.
We're not at all sure what's happening here, but we'll definitely be awaiting a more appropriate response from Schumer. Otherwise, her position as a supporter of women has just been taken down many, many notches.