Incendiary

Amy Schumer responds to backlash over rape comments made by friend

Actress-writer Amy Schumer. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Kurt Metzger, a writer and actor for Inside Amy Schumer, has sparked outrage online with an aggressively worded Facebook post about sexual assault — an apparent reaction to the banning of a fellow comic from an improv group after rumors surfaced that he had sexually assaulted several female comics.

In a now-deleted aggressively worded Facebook post, Metzger, who lists his job on Facebook as “Former King of Feminism at Stand-up Comedy,” pretends to be an overzealous opponent of sexual assault determined to condemn a fictitious “Jiff Dilfyberg” of rape accusations without evidence. “Jiff Dilfyberg is a rapist!” wrote Metzger. “I know because women said it and that’s all I need!” Asking for women to provide details or evidence of the rape, he continued, would be like “re-reraping the victim’s good hole.” He finishes the post by pretending to gloat about “Dilfyberg” being “banned from the Times Square Art Center and Halloween Adventure,” mockingly claiming that “just knowing I got to be part of an unthinking herd of mewling progressive cattle is reward enough.”

The aggressive tone and message of the satire quickly attracted criticism online. Comedian and outspoken rape victim Nikki Black wrote a Medium post, titled “Kurt Metzger Needs to Shut Up,” condemning Metzger for “[making] women feel like s**t for dealing with rape and sexual assault on their own terms.” Others reached out to Metzger’s employer, Amy Schumer, questioning why she continued to employ him. Schumer eventually responded, calling Metzger a “friend” but disavowing his comments, adding that he was no longer working on her show because she wasn’t “making the show anymore.” Comedy Central has yet to comment on the show’s fate.

Metzger has said in the past that there should be “no moral component whatsoever” when it comes to determining what jokes are fair game. It can be hard to tell where the joke ends for Metzger, however. On the podcast WTF with Marc Maron last year, Metzger admitted that he had been violent with a past girlfriend. In one instance, he said, he “pinned her to the wall by her throat.” He later described the incident as “physical assault,” noting that if he had kept track of such incidents between himself and his girlfriend then there would have been “a lot.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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