Amy Schumer Defends Kurt Metzger (Sort of)
In comedy very few topics are off limits these days. Lines are crossed all over the comedy world. If done correctly you can laugh at just about anything.
However, Kurt Metzger (known for social media rants) finds himself in the crosshairs over a controversial rant he posted to Facebook about rape and accusations. The rant was deleted and Metzger apologized in a later post, but that hasn’t stopped people on social media speaking up for him to be fired from Amy Schumer’s show Inside Amy Schumer.
After fans started calling for him to be fired, Schumer tweeted out that she was “saddened and disappointed” about the comments. Later she stated, “He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn’t be more against his actions”. Metzger serves as a writer for Schumer’s show, so when Schumer fans continued to call for his termination she responded with,” 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.” She went on to clarify the show is on hiatus while she is touring for her new book “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo”
Schumer will be appearing on Charlie Rose and some portions of the interview have been released. When the conversation moved towards Metzger and his social media rants she responded with, “I’m not on Facebook so I don’t read his crazy rants. He gets something going after people, making them mad. That is not representative of me at all”. She went on to comment “He’s the problem, no question, but the focus is on him rather than what the real main problem is.”
During the interview Schumer went on to say that she was a victim of sexual assault in the past and she wants to encourage women to share their stories so men can better understand. At the same time, she is defending Metzger by using his remarks to point out how the conversation needs to pivot towards understanding.
All of this controversy sparked after allegations of sexual assault where made against Jiff Dilfyberg. Those allegations lead to him being barred from Upright Citizens Brigade. While no charges have been filed by police, it seems that is what Metzger took issue with.
Only time will tell if Metzger will have a job when Inside Amy Schumer starts filming again, but by then this may have all blown over.