The comedian has issued a letter of apology – sort of.
Comedian Amy Schumer joked about Donald Trump during a comedy show in Tampa, Florida earlier this week, prompting about 200 angry people – presumably Trump supporters – to walk out on her show, midway through the performance.
During her set, Schumer referred to the 70 year-old presidential candidate as, “an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster,” then told the crowd, “I know you’re here to laugh, but you know what? This is too important. You have every right to go to the bathroom, or you can leave, whatever you want. But for five minutes I’m gonna talk about stuff. It’s up to you, Tampa.”
Schumer has some history with the Florida city: in her book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, she called the it “horrendous,” adding: “I’m not scared about writing that, because I know for a fact that no one who lives there has ever read a book. JKJKJKJKJK, but kind of not K.”
When she came onstage in Tampa, however, she began by saying, “Please don’t get it twisted: I fucking love Tampa, okay? I do. That’s the truth. It is the only place I’ve ever had a one-night stand. And so it is forever in my heart as an amazing city.”
The Trump talk wasn’t just a joke, though. Schumer turned things unusually serious by calling up a Trump supporter from the audience, insisting she wanted to understand his thinking.
“Do you get worried at all with how impulsive he is, that he gets so fired up from Saturday Night Live doing a skit on him? Do you worry he’ll be impulsive and get us in a lot of fucking trouble we can’t get out of?” Schumer questioned the audience member.
She also said that as a victim of sexual assault, she found the latest Trump news “really triggering” and asked other assault victims in the audience to stand, as the house lights came up, sparking a barrage of supportive post-show tweets from her fans.
@amyschumer was awesome in Tampa! Laughed so hard couldn’t breath at times! Loved the message. I was one of those women standing
— Mel (@mellee6201) October 17, 2016
Adding to the controversy prompted by her comments during her Tampa stand-up, Schumer brought the topic of Trump back up during a performance in Madison Square Garden in New York City two nights later, reading aloud a *sort of* apology letter to her Tampa audience members.
“Dear Tampa, I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now. How could I think it was okay to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?” the comedian asked.
“And, Tampa, I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster. Shouldn’t have said that. I will never again say that he is an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster!”
Reactions on Twitter were supportive of Schumer – for the most part, with one show-goer saying, ‘@amyschumer with Tampa being my hometown… Really disturbing how many Trump supporters there are. Keep doing you.’
@amyschumer with Tampa being my hometown… Really disturbing how many Trump supporters there are. Keep doing you 👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— SJ Springz (@SJSpringz) October 17, 2016
— Deplorable Johnny (@WalkToTheFire) October 17, 2016
While it’s estimated Schumer lost around 200 audience members from her show at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Sunday night, a further 8,400 people stayed and enjoyed the rest of the comedian’s set.
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