In today’s Lenny Letter interview, Lena Dunham puts on her journalism hat and interviews newly-bestselling author Amy Schumer. The two discussed her fresh-off-the-presses memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, as well as the recent controversy surrounding Schumer, in which a (now former) writer from her show, Kurt Metzger, made less-than-supportive comments about rape allegations in the comedy community.
What happened was this: the Upright Citizens Brigade theater banned from their shows a male comic accused of raping multiple female colleagues in a since-deleted Facebook post. The statement included the phrasing: “Multiple women came forward, and after investigation, [name redacted] was permanently banned from UCB this week for raping women in the comedy community over the years.”
Metzger, responding to the ban, in an also-since-deleted Facebook post (screenshot available at The Daily Dot) 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!” He continued in further posts to criticize rape survivors credibility: “If you are raped by Bill Cosby you and you didn’t go to the cops I get it. You were scared etc etc. I give you credit. If a fat improv open mic kid with a fucking jew fro did it you are full of shit.”
How does Schumer fit into all this? Critics have come at her for having such a hot-headed writer on her show, even though he’s since been removed from the staff. Earlier on in the saga, Schumer tweeted:
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.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 17, 2016
Now, in her Lenny Letter interview, Schumer wants the whole thing to be over. To Dunham, she said:
First I was like, fuck Kurt. It’s been years that he’s been doing this. He’s one of those guys, like a lot of the guys that I’m friends with, who are degenerates. Kurt was saying this awful stuff, and in previous years, I would be like, “You’ve got to shut up.” He’d be like, “All right.” Then it would kind of go away. This time, it was just so bad. But also, why are these women treating him like he raped someone? He’s not Bill Cosby; Kurt has never raped. What he was saying was horrific, and he was being a troll. He can be an Internet troll. The fact that I had to answer for it … I was like, “Ugh, why this week?” [Jokingly:] I was like, if there’s scandals, can’t they be about me?
Read the full interview here.
Order The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo here.