This opinion might make us super unpopular, but we actually agree with Amy Schumer that keeping Kurt Metzger in the writers’ room for future episodes of “Inside Amy Schumer” might not be such a bad idea.
Metzger spewed some seriously offensive — and sometimes downright misogynistic — complaints over rape accusations against a fellow comedian on Facebook. In response, the Internet immediately called for his head, urging Schumer to fire him from her writing staff for his inappropriate commentary.
While filming an interview for “Charlie Rose,” Schumer not only refused to fire him (though she clarifies since the show is on hiatus, there technically are no writers on staff at the moment), she admitted that his controversial opinions are sometimes good for the writing process on “Inside Amy Schumer.”
“We butt heads, we get in fights because he infuriates us,” Schumer says. “It’s an interesting writers room because it’s always been very diverse with the views in there. We don’t want it to just be one sided … It feels very positive to have someone in there saying, ‘Well this is from the male perspective.'”
While we’re a little hesitant to agree that this particular “male perspective” is a great one to keep around, it’s hard to deny that Metzger has helped create some of Schumer’s most popular (and female-friendly) sketches to date.
His name is attached to favorites like “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer,” “Last F**kable Day,” and “I’m So Bad,” all of which offer hilarious and real commentary on the unbearable stigmas and standards society holds women to.
The way we see it, Metzger might not be someone you’d invite to a dinner party, but when it comes to bouncing joke ideas off of him, he’ll help you get the job done.
After all, Schumer and her writing staff may not have been able to create the best argument against certain sexist social norms without someone in the room championing the “male perspective,” especially if that male perspective was delivered through a sexist lens. Whatever blowouts occurred in the past between Schumer and Metzger, we’re willing to bet they served as great inspiration for some of the sketches mentioned above.
Whether or not Metzger should — or will — be fired for his inflammatory Facebook posts won’t be an issue until “Inside Amy Schumer” returns for a fifth season.
In the meantime, at least we can be reassured that Schumer understands why people are riled up and isn’t afraid to publicly and privately disagree with Metzger. Here’s hoping, if nothing else, this particular disagreement results in another empowering and hilarious sketch.