The latest rant in the world of “how rape should be handled” comes from comedian and Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger. Metzger, who went head to head with writers Lindy West and Sady Doyle in 2013, wrote a public Facebook post on Saturday ridiculing members of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) comedy community.
In his post, Metzger mocked a series of social media posts that spread on Saturday for calling out an alleged rapist and offering solidarity to survivors of sexual assault. The posts were written largely in response to news that had circulated in private Facebook groups that a comedian had been banned from Upright Citizens Brigade theaters and training centers, based on private reports of alleged rape.
According to those sharing the news, there were multiple complaints from different women that the same man had raped them over the course of several years. Not all posts directly named the comedian involved. Several members of the community simply posted, "I believe women," or shared their own stories of surviving abuse and sexual assault. Metzger, however, felt the posts were symptomatic of a dangerous "call out" culture and posted the following.Metzger’s post earned him hundreds of likes, but not everyone was amused.
Comedian Nikki Black passionately detailed her concerns about Metzger’s original post on Medium in a post quite bluntly titled, “Kurt Metzger Needs to Shut Up.”
Metzger seemed to revel in the attention.Metzger also continued to post publicly on his Facebook account, arguing that victims must go to the police to seek justice. According to Metzger, those who don't urge victims to do so need to "pull [their] heads out of [their] cunts and [their cunts] out of their blogs..."
At a basic level, Metzer is calling out the problematic nature of assuming someone is guilty, based on mere allegations, until proven innocent (see: Rolling Stone's UVA rape debacle), and the ripple effect that UCB's decision could have. But he's making his argument in a way that's intentionally inflammatory and misogynistic. Metzger, for example, referred to women as hens.He also said this kind of criticism gets his “dick hard.” Metzger even changed his Twitter bio to self-identify as a “cuck” and “rape apologist.” It's hard to determine what's motivating Metzger to continue posting, but he seems to be very upset that no women have come forward to publicly tell their stories. He has also encouraged those who disagree with him to come on his podcast to discuss their opposing views. From the sound of it, though, it likely won't be a civil conversation. Metzger insisted his comments cannot be construed as victim-blaming. But whatever his intention, his messaging was vitriolic. Many fans of Amy Schumer were upset by the tweets and Facebook posts and urged Schumer to take note of Metzger's attitude and to show solidarity. At least three women have said Schumer blocked them for their tweets. Liz Arcury, a writer and comedian, told the Daily Dot: “I understand that she must feel bombarded and inconvenienced since her book is coming out today, but she needs to put women first. She had made her name for herself by being a champion of women, and by ignoring us—and literally 'blocking' us—she is abandoning what she made such a point to tell everyone that she stands for."
Arcury added, "I wish Amy Schumer would listen to women. This is one of those classic ‘Well, he's always been nice to me…’ situations that gaslights victims and women everywhere who are raising their voice. She can use her platform for something great, and instead is abandoning us."
Update 1:10pm CT, August 17: On early Wednesday afternoon, a day after the tweet storm, Schumer tweeted that she was "saddened and disappointed" in her friend Metzger.
Update 4:43pm CT, August 17: A few hours later, she posted that he does not work for her.However, according to IMDb, Metzger is credited as a writer on every episode this past season, and nearly all of the previous ones. With many people on Twitter calling her out about this discrepancy, this is unlikely the last we'll hear on the matter.
Update 10:17pm CT, August 17: Once again, Schumer has tweeted about Metzger, clarifying why she said he doesn't work for her.
Update 12:30pm CT, August 17: Schumer clarified that the show isn't canceled, but production dates haven't been decided yet.
Editor's note: This story has been updated for clarity.