Shut Up and Perform!

So according to CNBC

Amy Schumer’s rant against Donald Trump apparently turned off some fans at her show in Tampa, Florida.

The comedian slammed the Republican presidential nominee and brought a fan who supported him onstage to question him about his decision. She responded to people booing in the audience by telling them to leave if they didn’t like her opinions. When some continued to boo, Schumer asked security to escort them out.

I’ll admit… this didn’t surprise me. I like Amy’s comedy well enough, but I kind of expected something like this to happen sooner. I know Amy’s political standing, she’s made no secret of it and that’s fine. Comedians, by nature are often political and make their standings on issues known. However, when you bring your act to a hault, bring someone up on stage who is in oposition to what you believe, and pretty much mock them while mocking others who share his views… then it becomes a problem.

Okay, look… this is why I don’t like inserting my political beliefs into my writing, unless it’s in context. Why, because that’s not why you, my readers, come here. It’s not why you pay for my books, it’s not anything like that.

Think about it, what would you do if you picked up my book, started reading it, and in the middle of the book, I just completely jump out of context and start preaching to you about how much I hate this person for their beliefs, political movements, etc. etc?

Honestly, you’d probably throw the book against the wall or into the garbage.

I’m sorry Amy, you done fucked up… two things…

  1. Don’t ask people to leave your show or have security escort them out. That’s completely uncalled for. Just because you think you’re right about something, doesn’t mean people don’t have a right to disagree. I get that this is your comedy show, and you have a right to your opinion, but when you stop to go into political hyperbole, expect people to disagree with you. People don’t appreciate being called psychopaths, and they don’t like one-sided hyperbole. When you call a politician thousands support an ‘Orange Sexual Assaulting, fake College starting monster.’ EXPECT REBUTTAL. You brought that one on yourself.
  2. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m pretty sure that a lot of the people in your audience do not pay to hear about your political opinion, unless it’s part of your act.

This is why I say ‘Shut up and perform.’ It was just like at the one Ted Nugent concert that I went to with a friend… it got boring really fast when he took literally a quarter of the show to make fun of Obama. Ugh…

The Simpsons, though a little over the top, got it right.

Comedians, people pay to hear you tell jokes.
Writers, people pay to read your books.
Musicians, people pay to listen to your music.
Entertainers, PEOPLE PAY TO SEE YOU ENTERTAIN!!!

Period.

Unless your politics are in the context of your act, SHUT UP! That’s not what people are paying for. Sorry, but it’s not. Your job as an entertainer is to put that aside, realize that people may disagree with you, and just entertain. Amy, if people want your political opinion, they’ll read your book. I’m sure that there are people more than interested about it, but the people who pay money to hear your comedy shows typically aren’t them.


Look at what your audience said:

“I don’t want to hear that. We wanted to have a good night without distractions with the politics,” said Bryon Infinger.

“It’s a bit  much,” echoed his wife, Chrissy Infinger. 

They both said everybody has a right to their opinion but thought Schumer went on too long. 

“The show became political. I definitely didn’t come to hear this,” said Ryan Atwood.


Having them thrown out is unprofessional, uncool, and frankly paints a very bad picture of you.

Anyway, sorry for the double post today, but I saw this and felt I had to say something because it’s something that I’ve spoken  about before.



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-Jim

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3 thoughts on “Shut Up and Perform!

  1. You might not think it’s the same thing, but this got me thinking about authors who skillfully comment on society/culture/politics in their writing. The most obvious examples are dystopian fiction. The author doesn’t rant but they make it clear that thinking certain ways and acting certain ways leads to disastrous outcomes. I love books like those! It does have to be done well though.

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    • StCyril says:

      That is how you do it! That’s exactly how you do it. In my books, I tackle themes like blind faith in religion by showing what an organized religion would do if an actual Angel appeared (Divinity). I also tackle the damaging results of bigotry by having a human/elven relationship suffer through the kind of things we see today.
      This falls under show, don’t tell. If you want to tackle political issues in your books, wonderful! Put your characters through those issues. Don’t preach about it.

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      • I agree. It’s more powerful when the reader draws their own conclusions and realizes the similarities on their own. I read an article that claimed people who read a lot of fantasy tend to be more accepting of “others” more tolerant, not racist, etc. Science fiction and Fantasy writers have the potential to do wonderful things 🙂

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