Amy Schumer Addresses Kurt Metzger Controversy, ‘Trainwreck’ Theater Shooting: ‘It Still F—ing Kills Me’

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Amy Schumer addressed some of the many headlines she has made over the past few years in a new candid, hilarious and serious interview conducted by Lena Dunham for her email newsletter, Lenny Letter.

During their conversation, Schumer opened up about her “Inside Amy Schumer” writer Kurt Metzger’s controversial comments about sexual assault, and how she reacted when pressured to answer for him.

“First I was like, f— Kurt,” Schumer said. “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.”

She added, “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?'”

Schumer said she can understand why her fans expected her to respond, but wondered if she should have been given the benefit of the doubt.

She said, “I can see myself thinking that if I heard somebody on someone’s staff was doing that, I’d be like, ‘I wonder how they are going to handle that.’ I get it. I get it, and I wasn’t even resentful of the connection. I was resentful of the lack of trust. Like, ‘Have I earned any good will with you guys? Do you believe that I feel that rape victims should be shamed on the internet?’ Have I built up any sort of good will?”

The comedian also reflected back to when two women, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, were killed at a screening of her film “Trainwreck” in 2015.

“It still fucking kills me,” Schumer said. “I might cry a little bit talking about it, but it is fine.”

She expressed that shooting in particular elicit a strong reaction from her, “But knowing it was my movie, and… that they went and they bought tickets and wanted to go see this movie, it just crushed me. I felt so powerless. And it felt a little bit like something that I had done, that there was a connection to me actually hurting people.”

Schumer added about her reaction, “I was so upset, I watched the news that whole night, I was just f—ing f—ed up by it.”

She also revealed that following the shooting, her friend and actress Jennifer Lawrence sent her a comforting, joking text.

“That day she texted me, ‘It’s your fault.’ And in times like that only jokes make you feel a little better.”