Comedian Amy Schumer recently took to Instagram to fire back at reports that her new Netflix stand-up special The Leather Special was given overwhelmingly negative reviews on the streaming platform. As reported by Splitsider, the low ratings appeared to be the result of an organized takedown by members of the so-called "alt-right" on Reddit.
Schumer accused the same group of attacking her book, movies, and television series Inside Amy Schumer. The response she chose to make to the trolls, however, was to thank them.
"It makes me feel so powerful and dangerous and brave," she wrote alongside a screenshot from the Splitsider article. "It reminds me what I'm saying is effective and bring[s] more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going."
"So this post has nothing against the trolls," she continued. "I thank you trolls so much. It fills me with hope and power to see you all furiously posting so as [to] always accuse me of whatever lies you want. Call me a whale. Call me a thief and I will continue to fight and rise and lead. I know who I am. I am strong and beautiful and I will use my voice my whole time on this earth."
It's certainly not the first time Schumer has shut down the haters. Last year she roasted a sexist heckler at one of her comedy shows, and she has on more than one occasion responded to body shamers with words of self-love and empowerment.
When some on social media, for example, claimed she wasn't the right fit to play Barbie, Schumer responded with a similar message of thanks, writing, "It's that kind of response that [lets] you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it."