This election has been a months-long extravaganza of nasty accusations, terrible shenanigans and strange bedfellows. I never thought I would see Julian Assange cozying up to Vladimir Putin’s anti-democratic apparatchik, nevermind Assange’s tacit complicity with the hard-right, neo-fascists within America. I never thought that we would see so many conservative newspapers and hard-right conservatives endorse Hillary Clinton. And I never thought I would find myself nodding my head in agreement with what Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer say about politics.
Here’s something strange though: if you’re a Donald Trump supporter, why in the world would you go to see an Amy Schumer stand-up show? You know Amy is a Clinton supporter. You know she’s going to talk about politics, feminism and more. If you go to Schumer’s stand-up show and you’re a Trump supporter, you’re basically just going to the show to be a nuisance, to get mad about something you already knew was going to happen. That’s what happened last night in Tampa, Florida. During Amy’s show, she talked about Trump, sexual assault and politics. And people got so mad!
About 200 people walked out of Amy Schumer’s comedy show at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Sunday when she mocked Donald Trump as, among other things, an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake- college-starting monster.” Loud booing from a vocal, but small minority of the arena crowd started about halfway through the show, when Schumer’s raunchy humor veered into more topical matters topics, including gun control and the presidential election. She has been a vocal advocate for stricter gun laws since a man opened fire during a showing of her movie Train Wreck last year, killing two young women, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, in Louisiana, and was an early Hillary Clinton supporter.
She made it clear she doesn’t understand how people can support Trump. At one point, she asked for a Trump supporter – preferably one with sleeves, she told security personnel – to join her up on stage to explain their enthusiasm for Trump. One fellow did, but he said he was voting for Trump mainly because he doesn’t trust Clinton. When some audience members booed, the actor/comedian invited them to leave and also asked security to remove anyone booing.
“I don’t want to hear that. We wanted to have a good night without distractions with the politics,” said Bryon Nfinger. “It’s a bit much,” echoed his wife, Chrissy Nfinger.
They both said everybody has a right to their opinion but thought Schumer went on too long.
“The show became political. I definitely didn’t come to hear this,” said Ryan Atwood.
While alluding the allegations of sexual impropriety against Trump, Schumer asked anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault to stand, and dozens did. Schumer was sexually assaulted herself, she revealed in her recently published book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.
Like, did these people JUST hear about Amy Schumer an hour before the show? How do you end up an Amy Schumer show and not understand that she’s going to talk about raunchy stuff AND politics? Nevermind that every single comedian doing stand-up this fall is probably doing political stuff because THAT IS WHAT IS TOPICAL. Anyway, it sounds like Amy was trying to be fair – she invited a Trump supporter up to speak and she threw out people who booed him. You can read some of the positive and negative tweets here.
Also: before her show, Amy registered voters at a Clinton-sponsored event in Tampa. Her button says “Make America Ferrera Again.”
— Hillary for Florida (@HillaryforFL) October 16, 2016
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