According to #Amy Schumer, the reason why her recent stand-up special on #Netflix bombed had nothing to do with the quality of her material or rampant allegations of plagiarism-- it was because "#alt-right trolls" engaged in a massive, highly organized conspiracy designed to sabotage her ratings.
Schumer's "The Leather Special" debuted on Netflix last week, and within days had garnered hundreds of one-star reviews. The entertainment website Decider.com analyzed Schumer's reviews on Tuesday and reported that, of the 876 reviews from Netflix subscribers, 710 viewers gave the special a one-star rating. Conversely, only 33 viewers gave it five stars. Some Netflix users-- 9 of them to be exact-- gave it zero stars. The average rating for Schumer's "The Leather Special" is 1.35 stars.
Inside Amy Schumer's Instagram meltdown
Even though Schumer came under fire last year for allegedly plagiarizing jokes from four different comedians-- the most serious charge a stand-up comic can face-- she blames the poor reviews on a massive alt-right conspiracy.
During an Instagram meltdown earlier this week, Schumer wrote: “The alt-right organized trolls attack everything I do. Read the @splitsider article. They organize to get my ratings down. Meeting in the sub-Reddit rooms."
"Call me a whale. Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead," Schumer ranted. "I know who I am. I am strong and beautiful and will use my voice my whole time on this earth."
She did, however, thank the so-called trolls for reminding her that she is "powerful and dangerous and brave."
Splitsider's failed attempt at investigative journalism
Schumer was referring to an article published Tuesday on the comedy website Splitsider.com, which advanced the theory that the comedian's poor reviews were the result of an elaborate, well-orchestrated campaign organized by misogynists and Donald Trump supporters.
Splitsider's "evidence" consists of four subreddit threads calling on reviewers to give her Netflix special a one-star rating.The number of comments posted to the subreddits cited by Splitsider are 9, 13, 2 and 7, respectively. Those numbers add up to 31-- a far cry from the 710 viewers who gave the stand-up special a one-star rating. And many of those comments were posted after the special had already aired.
In fact, even all the bad reviews were part of a massive conspiracy like Schumer and Splitsider claim; the fact remains that only 33 fans gave "The Leather Special" a five-star rating. By comparison, 85 viewers rewarded the special with two stars.
This, of course, begs the question: Why would so many "alt-right trolls" feel compelled to give "The Leather Special" two stars instead of one?
Perhaps 85 alt-right trolls felt a pang of remorse for their misogyny and decided to award "The Leather Special" an extra pity star.
Or perhaps Steve Bannon-- with the help of the Russians, white supremacists, and Julian Assange-- hacked Netflix and magically erased all the positive reviews.