Amy Schumer on Charlie Rose: Upset to Watch Kurt Metzger Hurt Himself Like This

Amy Schumer speaks out about her relationship with comedian and Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger, who got in hot water for defending an accused serial rapist.

Comedian Amy Schumer probably wanted to be talking about her new book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo , with Charlie Rose in an episode of his talk demonstrate set to air on Friday. But instead, she had to spend time both defending and denouncing fellow comic and former writer
One of the reasons hes such a great writer and such a great contributor to our television show is because his views are so different from that of mine and the majority of members of the other writers in the room, especially Jessi Klein, whos the head writer of the demonstrate, Schumer told Rose of Metzger, who wrote on her Emmy-winning Comedy Central demonstrate Inside Amy Schumer and also appeared this past year in Louis C.K.s Horace and Pete . We butt heads. We get in fights because he infuriates us.

Its an interesting writers room because its always been very diverse with the views in there, she continued. We dont want it to merely be one-sided. While she and Klein have a very similar sensibility, Schumer described Metzger as having the most male or most out there view possible.

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The reason Schumer had to talk about Metzger at all is because this week he employed his Facebook page to openly defend comedian Aaron Glaser, who was hit with accusations of sexual assault from multiple females. In the process of distancing herself from Metzger, Schumer noted that her show is on an indefinite hiatus and therefore has no writers currently on staff.

Kurts my friend. I love him, Schumer told Rose. Im not on Facebook so I dont read his crazy rants. He gets something from running after people, inducing them mad. That is not representative of me at all. She has asked him to stop because, since he has been a writer on her demonstrate, it comes back to me. Schumer added, Its been really upsetting to me seeing someone that I care about hurt themselves like this.

Instead of focusing on Metzgers provocations, Schumer said she hopes people will instead examine the actual the challenges of rape culture and nonconsensual sexuality. He baits people, hes the problem , no question, she said of Metzger, but the focus is on him instead that what the real, main problem is.

Theres so much victim-shaming. When a woman tells she was assaulted, a lot of people first reaction is to say, No you werent, she said in the interview. They treat it like the Salem Witch Trials. Its really unfair and it makes people not want to come forward.

In her new book, Schumer does come forward, revealing the details of her own sexual assault. Some might say it wasnt a big deal, she writes. Or that it was all my fault since I was drinking, he was my boyfriend, and I was lying right there next to him. But she knows what happened and is not afraid to speak out about it.

But at the same time, Schumer told Rose that if she focused her energy on online trolling then she would never get anything done. Instead, Schumer has contributed some of the most pointed satire about rape culture.

There was her defense of Bill Cosby in the court of public opinion and her Football Town Nights sketch about high school athletes outraged by the teams new no raping regulation. Perhaps most stinging was a sketch in which she plays a very realistic military video game in which her female character get raped by a fellow soldier and then must jump through bureaucratic hoops to report it.

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