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Amy Schumer on rape controversy: 'Let's refocus on the real issue'

Published 19/08/2016

Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

The comedienne is further distancing herself from the scandal.

Comedienne Amy Schumer isn't interested in discussing her fallout with Kurt Metzger when more important topics like rape are on the table.

The Trainwreck star become embroiled in the centre of controversy surrounding Metzger, who is credited as a writer on her Comedy Central network TV sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, after he went on his social media profiles to mock sexual assault survivors in a shocking series of rants this week (beg15Aug16).

The 35-year-old, who revealed her own painful experience with nonconsensual sex in her new memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, is appalled by the scandal because she thinks the real issue is not being addressed, despite the furore surrounding the situation.

"I would love to refocus the energy and the attention on the real problem, which is about rape," she tells U.S. journalist Charlie Rose during an appearance on his show, before concluding: "And what's consensual and what's not."

Amy made it clear she respects Kurt as a person, but his actions do not reflect anything she stands for.

“One of the reasons he’s such a great writer and such a great contributor to our television show is because his views are so different from those of mine and most of the other writers in the room,” she shares. “Kurt‘s my friend. I love him. I’m not on Facebook so I don’t read his crazy rants. Like, he just gets something from going after people, making them mad. That is not representative of me at all."

She continues: "And, you know, I’ve asked him, just, ‘Can you just stop because it comes back to me?’ Because he writes for the show, it’s a bigger story because of our connection, and so whatever tangent he’s gone off on I have not agreed with, and it’s been really upsetting to me seeing someone that I care about hurt themselves like this. Right now, there’s no plans for the TV show to come back anytime in the near future. So nobody’s on my staff. There are no writers. I think people, you know, they want his head. They want to burn him at the stake.”

Inside Amy Schumer is currently on hiatus while the comedienne goes on an international stand-up comedy tour and films a new movie with Goldie Hawn. The fifth season of the programme will begin airing again in 2017.

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