Friday, October 20, 2017 by Ethan Huff
Convinced that conservatives are to blame for her career’s downward spiral into utter irrelevance, “comedian” Amy Schumer appears to have entered into some kind of scheming partnership with the online streaming service Netflix in a pathetic attempt to artificially boost her dismal reputation.
Schumer’s latest “comedy” routine, known as “The Leather Special,” is reportedly so utterly disgusting and beyond the pale that thousands of users have given it a one-star rating accompanied by terrible reviews, sending it to the bottom rung of the streaming service’s entertainment offerings.
Netflix had initially offered Schumer a cool $11 million to stream the show, a gargantuan sum that was later bumped even higher after Schumer demanded more money for her “skills.” Somehow, under the impression that Schumer’s show would be wildly popular with viewers, Netflix agreed to pay Schumer more – a poor decision that Netflix surely regrets.
Not only is “The Leather Special” a complete flop, driving another nail into the coffin of Schumer’s already-dead career, but news of the whole saga is also making Netflix look bad. Reviewers even at left-leaning news outlets like The Los Angeles Times are railing on the service’s decision to air it at all, adding insult to injury on top of the millions of dollars in wasted payments transferred to Schumer’s bank account.
“It’s too much,” wrote Verne Gay for Newsday about the fiasco, adding that Schumer’s routine “isn’t a comedy special as much as a hurdles race,” referring to its over-the-top lewd and crude content.
“What initially shocks then leads to a numbing sensation. An hour of this? No thanks,” he sharply concludes, further adding that Schumer seems to have something of a “reptilian” brain.
If Schumer had even a semblance of a conscience and perhaps a bit of self-awareness, she’d realize that, based on the course of events that’s taken place, people just don’t like her. But rather than accept this fact, she’s instead come up with a crazy conspiracy theory about the “alt right” that she says is responsible for her show receiving such poor ratings on Netflix.
It wasn’t just a few oddball reviewers that took issue with Schumer’s non-funny show, either – there were thousands of them. Most people gave the show one star (and probably would have given it zero stars were that an option) because, truth be told, Schumer is only funny to herself. But somehow she deserves none of the blame, and it’s instead some kind of vast right-wing conspiracy that’s responsible for tanking Schumer’s career.
“The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do,” the porky brute whined on Instagram. “They organize to get my ratings down. Meeting in sub Reddit rooms. They tried on my book and movies and tv show. And I want to thank them.”
Not long after Schumer posting this little rant, Netflix decided to reinvent its entire ratings system in such a way as to make it appear as though Schumer’s show isn’t as poorly rated as it actually is. No longer are Netflix viewers able to rate shows using the traditional five-star system; instead, they only get to rate shows with either a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down.”
During a recent press conference with journalists, Netflix vice president of product, Todd Yellin, explained away this dramatic change by insisting that the five-star system is all-of-a-sudden outdated. He claimed that ratings are “less important because the implicit signal of your behavior is more important,” adding that rating shows with stars “feels very yesterday now.”
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