Netflix has recently begun investing a lot of money in stand-up specials from big name comedians, and one of the latest to hit the web was Amy Schumer's The Leather Special. The special debuted in early March, and the responses have varied from enthusiastic and infuriated, and some subscribers reportedly went so far as to deliberately down-rate it on Netflix. Amy Schumer has come out to address the people who have down-rated her special, saying this:
Amy Schumer has proved in the past that she's not afraid to use social media as a means to fire back at folks online who have criticism for her, so her Instagram response to the Netflix reviews isn't a huge shock. When news leaked at the end of 2016 that she was in talks to star in the live-action Barbie movie, some people had pretty vulgar reactions. Schumer took to Instagram to post a picture of herself in a bathing suit and reveal that she's happy with who she is and all that she's accomplished. She even went so far as to thank the "trolls" for proving that she is a great choice for the role, and explained that everybody needs "to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them."
In this case of this Instagram post, Amy Schumer didn't include a photo of herself. Instead, she shared a screenshot of a SplitSider article reporting that alt-right posters on Reddit were deliberately tanking her reviews on Netflix. Take a look:
The SplitSider article cited a number of Reddit posts calling for users to give The Leather Special 1-star reviews once it hit the web, and while it's impossible to say how many of the Netflix reviews come from folks from Reddit, there are certainly a great deal of negative reviews. There are currently nearly 2000 reviews posted for The Leather Special at this time, and the average rating is 1 star. As it turns out, her comments to trolls motivated at least one to respond. Here's what a certain Netflix subscriber had to say:
Another Netflix subscriber doesn't believe that The Leather Special even deserves the bare minimum rating of 1 star. In fact, according to this person, any who enjoyed the special couldn't have been completely sober. This was the review:
At least some of the reviewers do seem to have genuinely watched the special and know her humor from other projects. One Netflix subscriber came to Amy Schumer's defense, sharing this:
We'll have to wait and see if and how the negative reviews will influence Amy Schumer's relationship with Netflix. The streaming service is spending a great deal of money to dominate the stand-up comedy circuit, and Schumer's brand of comedy clearly creates a lot of buzz. Who knows? Maybe all the outcry against The Leather Special will make Netflix want even more of Schumer. After all, she comes with a certain fanbase, and all the chatter about the negative reviews has brought attention to the company. There's no such thing as bad publicity, right?
You can catch Amy Schumer's The Leather Special on Netflix now, and be sure to check out our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule to see all your other streaming options. Don't forget to take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule and summer TV premiere schedule as well.
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