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In wake of recent controversy, Amy Schumer blocks perceived ‘haters’ on Twitter
‘Amy Schumer blocking you is the new verified.’
Amy Schumer is no stranger to controversy these days. Following a series of inflammatory comments by comedian and Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger, Schumer has spent much of her book tour addressing Metzger’s comments.
On Friday, a catastrophic interview with Lena Dunham ran in Dunham’s Lenny Letter and critics were quick to point out upsetting passages in Dunham and Schumer’s dialogue
While Dunham spent the better part of Friday and Saturday apologizing for her comments about Odell Beckham Jr.’s apparent lack of interest in her at the Met Gala, Schumer posted the following message to her Twitter.
One journalist who critiqued Schumer and Dunham, subsequently thanked her for listening, liking her tweet, and earned Schumer as a new follower.
But professor Paulo L dos Santos, who called out Schumer and Dunham for their remarks, reported a very different experience.
When Anthony L. Fisher reached out for comment, Schumer offered, and subsequently deleted, an explanation. According to Schumer, the offending tweet was sent by members of the band that has been opening for her on tour who were “trying to be funny.”
Schumer appears to now be following dos Santos on Twitter, as well as director Xavier Burgin, whom Dunham credited for “educating” her following the controversial interview.
But many others are reporting that the comedian has blocked them.
Both of Variety’s television critics have been blocked.
This continues a long trend of Schumer blocking those who disagree with her in the wake of controversy.
Feminista Jones recalled being blocked after calling Schumer out for insensitive jokes.
And Roxane Gay suspects she was blocked when she challenged Schumer for her comments about being labeled plus-sized by Glamour magazine.
I guess I am in good company being blocked by Amy Schumer who I… don’t even follow. Okay, girl.
— roxane gay (@rgay) August 17, 2016
I think she blocked me because I criticized her for being so vehement about not being plus sized when much of her comedy is…
— roxane gay (@rgay) August 17, 2016
Some of those who were more recently blocked are baffled.
AMY SCHUMER JUST BLOCKED ME 😂 what is life
— Kimberlee Ferri (@kimberleeerose) September 3, 2016
While others are understandably upset.
And continue to profess their love for the comedian.
But others are reveling in being blocked, treating it as a sort of rite of passage.
Amy Schumer blocked me, I feel good
— Jillian G. Meehan (@jilliangmeehan) September 3, 2016
i’m in the “amy schumer blocked me on twitter” club
— michelle (@khamchej) September 3, 2016
Blocked by Amy Schumer is the new verified
— Ellen Killoran (@EllenKilloran) September 3, 2016
It’s hard to determine what exactly is motivating Schumer. But all the hubbub is leading some to cheekily ask, what’s a girl gotta do to get blocked around here?
I’m not blocked by Amy Schumer. Like am I even a feminist.
— Rosa Escandón (@therealescandon) September 3, 2016
Nayomi Reghay is a frequent contributor to the Daily Dot, covering body positivity, feminism, sex, relationships, and gender. She is also the author of the advice column “Swipe This!” A former New York Teaching Fellow, her writing has been featured in Reductress, Rolling Stone, Mic, Someecards, and more.