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Is this former writer for Amy Schumer a rape apologist?


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Amy Schumer. (92YTribeca/Flickr)

Amy Schumer has apologized for comments made by a former writer for her show, "Inside Amy Schumer," Kurt Metzger.

Metzger, 39, spoke out about rape victims not going to the authorities in a since-deleted Facebook post and was slammed with hate mail.

Then Schumer clarified that Metzger isn't really related to her work right now.

What prompted the incident was a post on a private Facebook group for female comedians. A New York City comic had warned them about comedian Aaron Glaser and alleged that he had sexually assaulted her:

"Posting this on behalf on a woman in the community, who would like to remain anonymous, but wants to warn other women, and let other women who may have raped by this man know that they're not alone."

The post goes on to say how Glaser was banned from the Upright Citizens Brigade theater after an investigation.

Glaser denied these allegations on Facebook too, in since deleted posts.

Metzger jumped in and said:

"Guys I have just heard some disturbing news, this guy Jiff Dilfyberg is a rapist! I know because women said it and that’s all I need! Never you mind who they are. They are women! ALL women are as reliable as my bible! A book that, much like a women, is incapable of lying!
You think I would dare ask my God, Lord Jesus Christ the Nazarene to provide any “details” or “evidence” of any kind before I believe in him? Or a woman? No, because that be that would be like hammering the nails into Jesus My Lord’s feet! … Or asking for proof in a murder trial!
Anyway Jiff Dilfyberg is dangerous! So … dangerous that we can’t go to the police to report his many rapes! That would just be tooooo rapey, and the women are too brave for that. If we ask them to even merely also post a vague account of what happened before asking us to believe that would like re-raping their rape! These women are as BRAVE as they are sore!
Now for the good news! [He] … is now banned from the Times Square Art Center And Halloween Adventure! Yeah let’s see you try and rape anyone without specifically being at The Times Square Art Center and Halloween Adventure, now, you … rapist! BAM! Lady Ghostbusters! Little girl looks up at us! Tear. “I WILL go to college after all!” Don’t mention it, little girl. Just knowing I got to be part of an unthinking herd of mewling progressive cattle is reward enough!”

People branded him a rape apologist, which just made him angrier, and his next few posts (also deleted) just made things worse. (He has since put up numerous expletive-filled posts on Facebook defending himself and sharing comments from people he says have written in to support him.) So people kicked it up to Schumer.

(On a side note for her fans: the show isn't cancelled forever.)

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Is this former writer for Amy Schumer a rape apologist?

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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