Amy Schumer Delivers Open Letter to Tampa After Trump Supporters Walked Out of Her Show
"Dearest Tampa, I'm sorry you didn't want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now," she said.
Amy Schumer delivered an open letter to Tampa, Florida, two days after audience members walked out of her show on Sunday night.
The actress and writer read the letter at her show in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in New York City.
“I’ve written an open letter to Tampa and I’d like to read it tonight,” she began. “Dearest Tampa, I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now. How could I think it was OK to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?”
As the audience began laughing, Schumer continued reading, joking “After the show, I want you to know that I will go straight to a rehab facility that will teach me how to make all people happy. Both the rich, entitled, white people who are gonna vote for him and the very poor people — who’ve been tricked into it!”
“And Tampa, I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster,” she said, adding “Shouldn’t have said that. I will never again say that he is an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster!”
Before Tuesday night’s show, Schumer took to Instagram, posting that her New York show would be “squeaky clean” in the aftermath of Florida’s Sunday performance.
She posted a picture introducing fellow comedians who would appear on her Madison Square Garden performance, captioning the photo with “And so are these gals! @rachelfeinstein @marknormand and I are putting on a squeaky clean show #msg #tampaapologytour.”
The 35-year-old comedian told PEOPLE in a statement on Monday that she loved performing in Florida and thanked the audience that stayed after the debacle was over.
“I loved the crowd and my show in Tampa last night! I want to thank the 8,400 people who stayed. We had a great time!” the statement read. “We have always depended on comedians to make us laugh and tell the truth. I am proud to continue that tradition.”
On Sunday, Schumer took a break from her sexually charged comedy routine to focus on Donald Trump, calling him an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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She invited an audience member onstage to ask him about his decision to vote for Trump.
“Do you get worried at all with how impulsive he is, that he gets so fired up from Saturday Night Live doing a skit on him?” she asked. “Do you worry he’ll be impulsive and get us in a lot of f—— trouble we can’t get out of?”
When audience members began booing her, Schumer reportedly told security to kick out anyone who made noise during her set and added that anyone upset could leave.
“Of course, we’re in Florida, you’re going to boo,” she said during the show. “I know you’re here to laugh, but you choose how you’re going to live your life, and it’s just too important.”