Left-leaning stand-up comedian Amy Schumer is claiming the poor reviews inundating her new Netflix special are the work of alt-right Internet trolls who dislike her politics.
Schumer's "The Leather Special" has received overwhelmingly negative ratings on the popular streaming service, but the politically outspoken comedian claimed on Instagram that the reviews were a coordinated campaign by the alt-right, Fox News reports.
"The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do," she said in a lengthy Instagram post. "They organize to get my ratings down."
Schumer also slammed "the ‘journalists' who report on trolls activities as if it's news" adding that this is "what the current administration wants."
The 35-year-old said the alt-right organized similar protests against her book, TV show, and movies.
"I want to thank them," she said of the trolls. "It reminds me what I'm saying is effective and bring more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going."
Schumer also addressed reports that she stole jokes from other comedians for her new Netflix special.
"Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead," she stated. "I know who I am."
I am so proud of my special and grateful to all the people spreading love on line about it. I am the first female comic who is selling out arenas all over the world and so grateful for that. I am embarrassed for the "journalists" who report on trolls activities as if it's news. It's indicative of administration right now. Anyone who reported that "viewers aren't happy" with my special, it would have been cool if you did a moment of research before posting. The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do. Read the @splitsider article. They organize to get my ratings down. Meeting in sub Reddit rooms. They tried on my book and movies and tv show And I want to thank them. It makes me feel so powerful and dangerous and brave. It reminds me what I'm saying is effective and bring more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going. I am only alarmed by the people printing their organized trolling as "news" this is what the current administration wants. So this post has nothing against the trolls. I thank you trolls so much. It fills me with hope and power to see you all furiously posting so as always accuse me of whatever lies you want. Call me a whale. Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead. I know who I am. I am strong and beautiful and will use my voice my whole time on this earth. Journalists do better it's embarrassing. Trolls see you on the next one! 😘😘😘
It was not just anonymous reviewers who did not like Schumer's new work.
The Los Angeles Times panned the special as being overly raunchy but somehow "less daring." It did find time to praise her for briefly getting serious and giving a lecture about the country's gun control laws, saying, "It's tonally abrupt, but it does find her pushing what she and the audience are comfortable with."
Schumer openly supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, at one point professing that those who did not like the Democratic candidate "aren't informed." Her cousin is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).