Amy Schumer Dances Around the Kurt Metzger Situation With Charlie Rose

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In an appearance on Charlie Rose Thursday, Amy Schemer paddled around the whole Kurt Metzger situation like someone assiduously avoiding a strange warm spot in a public swimming pool.


Neither defending or condemning the Inside Amy Schumer writer, whose unhinged activity on Facebook regarding a sexual assault scandal has caused a heap of controversy, Schumer sort of poked the surface of the entire situation without saying anything really concrete.

“He’s the problem, no question, but the focus is on him rather than on what the really — the real main problem is,” the actress said. The “main problem” she refers to, by the way, is rape.

Rose seems to understand that Schumer is carefully avoiding something and presses her further. “You mean a smart understanding of what rape has become and what we are now understanding about it,” Rose says, clutching her book in his hand and encouraging her to just spit it out, already.

Schumer continued, saying:

“I think it’s great that people are stepping forward. And if it’s not done in a way that Kurt feels is right, you know, that’s really upsetting to hear. We all need to be empowering each other But to focus your energy on online trolling – if I did that, I wouldn’t get anything done. Let’s focus on getting the actual problem done.”

The actual “problem” Schumer seems to be referring to is, once again, rape. Metzger’s social media firestorm was sparked by multiple rape accusations lodged by various women against a popular male comedian in the Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy community.

“Kurt’s my friend,” Schumer said to Rose. “I love him. I’m not on Facebook so I don’t read his crazy rants. Like he just — he gets something from going after people, making them mad. That is not representative of me at all. I — and, you know, I’ve asked him, just, ‘can you just stop?’ Because it comes back to me.”

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I don’t see how she’s dancing around anything. She and Kurt are friends, denounced his views and fired him nonetheless, and explained that she thinks focus on him over rape is counterproductive.