Kurt Metzger, a former writer on Amy Schumer’s Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, has clarified his comments about rape following a social media firestorm and tweets by Schumer condemning the remarks.
Schumer’s tweets last night, which suggested to some her series was not moving forward, were followed today with clarification that the show is not ending but rather is on an indefinite hiatus. Her initial tweets came in response to thousands of queries she’d received as to why she would maintain any kind of professional relationship with Metzger following his comments. She insisted that Metzger did not work for her. In his initial Facebook post that sparked the fury, Metzger cast doubt on allegations made against a male comic who was accused of allegedly raping multiple female comics, and criticized sexual assault survivors who do not report the crimes against them to the police.
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“If my disjointed swatting at biplanes like King Kong confused and hurt reasonable people who agree with me, I apologize,” wrote Metzger. “It was never my intent to antagonize victims or their supporters. My defensiveness came from feeling deliberately misunderstood. I am not a ‘rape apologist.’ My position has always been in defense of the victims of assault. I realize that when emotions are running high, it might not be the time to aggressively philosophize on a sensitive topic. I stand by the points I made, but I sincerely apologize for using inflammatory language to make them.”
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