Amy Schumer Speaks Out Against Rape-Skepticism in Light of Writer’s Rant
What was supposed to be a week of celebration for Amy Schumer — her first book, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo finally hit stores — has unfortunately been reduced to conversation about Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger, whose series of sexist social media posts about rape have come to light. Still, Schumer's making the most of the circumstances, and speaking out against the common reflex among men to be skeptical when women admit to being sexually assaulted.
In a preview of an interview with Charlie Rose that will air in full tonight (August 19), Schumer says it's been difficult to reconcile her thoughts on Metzger, with whom she's close. Metzger angrily satirized rape culture — and cast doubt on women who report sexual assault — after comedy theater and improv training ground Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) banned comedian Aaron Glaser for allegedly assaulting multiple women in the UCB community.
"Kurt's my friend," Schumer says above. "I love him. I'm not on Facebook so I don't read his crazy rants. Like, he just gets something from going after people, making them mad. That is not representative of me at all. And, you know, I've asked him, just, 'Can you just stop because it comes back to me?' Because he writes for the show, it's a bigger story because of our connection, and so whatever tangent he's gone off on I have not agreed with, and it's been really upsetting to me seeing someone that I care about hurt themselves like this."
Her feelings are crystal clear about the larger idea that men often reflexively doubt women who claim they've been raped.
"I would love to focus the energy and the attention on the real problem, which is about rape and what's consensual what's not," Schumer says. "If [a woman stepping forward] is not done in a way that Kurt feels is right, that's really upsetting to hear. We all need to be empowering each other."
"I was sexually assaulted," she adds. I encourage women to come out. And I want men to hear what happens, so that there’s no confusion. Because people have different understandings of what sexual assault is, what rape is, so let’s all get on the same page so that it happens less...[Men] treat it like the Salem Witch Trials, and it's really unfair, and it makes women not want to come forward."
Watch the full Charlie Rose segment tonight on PBS.
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