Amy Schumer Blocked Roxane Gay On Twitter, And A Ton Of Other Women Who Were Calling Her Out

In our current internet landscape, Twitter often becomes the host for everything from light celebrity gossip to cultural and political discussions, and a marriage of all the above was made today when Amy Schumer blocked Roxane Gay on Twitter after being confronted about her contradictory stances on being categorized as plus-sized. While the comedian and performer hasn’t made an official post stating her reasons for blocking Gay, it seems to be a growing trend for Schumer to specifically block women who call her out online.

Seemingly unfazed but rightfully confused, Gay joked online that it wasn’t a huge deal considering the fact she’d never followed Schumer on Twitter in the first place. However, it still feels like an overreaction on Schumer’s part, since Gay’s only critique was that Schumer is overly-defensive about being labeled plus-sized, which was still dealt with a hand of respect and understanding.

Again, the recent blocking of Gay seems to be indicative of a larger pattern of Schumer’s: the blatant silencing of other women online, largely pointed at women confronting her about the rape-apologist tendencies of Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger this week. To block an abusive troll is an understandable and necessary move, but blocking people who largely share your professed values and want to bring issues into your peripheral feels like a blatant move of silencing.

While the interaction between Gay and Schumer addresses wildly different subjects than the women asking Schumer where she stands on Metzger’s rape comments, the end result is the same: a growing block-list that leaves Schumer fans confused about what she actually stands for.

For those unfamiliar with the current scope of the Metzger situation, it all unraveled this week when Metzger wrote a snarky and tone-deaf Facebook post mocking recent rape allegations being made in the NYC comedy scene. A former Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) performer was accused of sexual assault by multiple women and the theater has now taken public action in performing an internal investigation. As pockets of the NYC comedy scene erupted in speculation, Metzger very clearly made it his duty to not only doubt the accounts of the women, but also make jokes out of toxic, low-hanging fruit.

When comedian and writer Nikki Black wrote a response piece to Metzger, she was immediately barraged by his fleet of trolls and the conversation around the UCB rape investigation was quickly bastardized into a defensive speculation (if you can call his jokes that) over “internet witch hunts” rather than an empathetic look at justice for sexual assault survivors.

This marks the point where women and comedians started tweeting at Schumer in order to alert her to the potentially dangerous attitudes of one of her writers. After all, if you’re profiting off the branding of “empowered woman,” wouldn’t you keep tabs on the implications of your writers?

While still remaining mum about her beef with Gay Wednesday, Schumer posted a tweet addressing Metzger that clearly states she doesn’t support his views on rape.

Does this mean she’ll fire him and unblock all the women now? I sure hope so.