Amy Schumer has already earned the ire of Trump supporters with her outspoken discussion of sexuality, her support of body positivity, and, of course, by calling Trump a monster straight to his supporters faces. With the release of her new Netflix stand-up show, The Leather Special, it appeared that her own fans had turned on her as well — outlets such as Decider, Yahoo, and The Wrap all reported that Netflix users had bombarded the special with hundreds of negative reviews.
According to an investigative report from Splitsider, however, the vast majority of the negative reviews were written by Trump-supporting trolls — many of whom organized on social media sites such as Reddit to conspire to leave the special with as many negative reviews as possible. Users on popular alt-right subreddits, such as r/The_Donald, repeatedly posted threads recruiting Netflix users to manipulate the special’s ratings — the results of which were perhaps reflected in the sheer number of reviews the special generated. One week from The Leather Special’s premier, it had received more than 900 ratings — already double the number of reviews made of Trevor Noah’s special Afraid of the Dark, which premiered on Feb. 21.
Schumer responded to the story on Instagram, telling fans that while “alt-right trolls” might “organize to get my ratings down,” in the end their opposition makes her feel all the more “powerful and dangerous and brave.”
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! 😘😘😘
“It reminds what I’m saying is effective,” Schumer wrote. “Their obsession with me keeps me going … Call me a whale. Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead.”
Read the full story at Splitsider.