Amy Schumer has spoken out about her disappointment over one of her show writer’s controversial comments about rape.
Kurt Metzger – who has worked as a writer on Inside Amy Schumer – criticized women who claim to have been raped but do not report it to the police In a now-deleted Facebook post.
In a recent statement posted to Facebook, Metzger clarified his earlier comments. “My point, which I could have made more tactfully, was this: Why did the story of what actually happened come out AFTER this guy is declared a rapist?” he wrote. “I will listen to ANY victim’s account. All that was given initially is ‘psssst Aaron’s a rapist pass it on.’ My point was that no one seems disturbed by this. No one sees that down the road, next time we might get it wrong.”
“I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger,” Schumer tweeted in response to the Inside Amy Schumer writer’s earlier Facebook post. “He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn’t be more against his recent actions.”
Metzger’s post, obtained in a screenshot by Medium.com, joked about the topic as he wrote that declaring someone is a rapist without evidence is “…like hammering the nails into Jesus My Lord’s feet! Or re-raping the victim’s good hole. Or asking for proof in a murder trial!”
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On Wednesday, Schumer wrote on Twitter of Metzger, “I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn’t be more against his recent actions.”
As fans responded to Schumer’s tweet, questions about Metzger’s employment continued to come up, prompting the actress – who recently revealed she was a victim of sexual assault – to later tweet, “Kurt does not work for me. He is not a writer on my show. Please stop asking me about it. His words are not mine.”
Schumer later clarified that Metzger was not fired, but that Inside Amy Schumer would not return, despite being renewed for a fifth season.
“I didn’t fire Kurt,” she tweeted. “He isn’t a writer for my show because we aren’t making the show anymore. There are no writers for it.”
Metzger’s most recent writing credit on the show is from an April episode.
Metzger responded in a series of social media posts defending his position on the topic, saying that he wasn’t victim blaming and that the people who are accusing him of doing so are missing the point that he was simply asking for more information.
“Sorry for spreading so much HATE by merely asking ANY QUESTIONS before I join your mob! Can u please accept my apology,” he wrote, adding in other tweets, “Wouldn’t blame a victim for trying to destroy an attacker’s rep… Notice I didn’t declare guilt or innocence on this dude? I merely stated that the idea of an “internal ucb [Upright Citizen’s Brigade] investigation” is f—ed.”
Metzger continued his defense on Facebook, Wednesday night.