Amy Schumer's 'open letter to Tampa' addresses Trump supporters who walked out on her (w/video)
Amy Schumer is still talking Tampa.
Two days after Schumer's anti-Donald Trump comments during a performance at Amalie Arena sent some Tampa fans looking for the door, the comedian read an open letter to the city during a Tuesday night show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I’ve written an open letter to Tampa and I’d like to read it tonight,” she began. “Dearest Tampa, I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now. How could I think it was OK to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?
“And Tampa, I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster,” she said, adding “Shouldn’t have said that. I will never again say that he is an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster!
"After the show, I want you to know that I will go straight to a rehab facility that will teach me how to make all people happy. Both the rich, entitled, white people who are gonna vote for him and the very poor people -- who've been tricked into it!"
Schumer made another reference to Tampa before that New York show, posting a photo to Instagram tagged #tampaapologytour.
Schumer's Sunday show in Tampa made headlines well beyond the city after it was reported that some fans booed and walked out after she bashed the Republican nominee during her set. At one point she brought a local Trump supporter onto the stage to ask why he was supporting the candidate.
“Do you get worried at all with how impulsive he is,” Schumer asked, frustration in her voice, “that he gets so fired up from Saturday Night Live doing a skit on him … do you worry he’ll be impulsive and get us in a lot of f---ing trouble we can’t get out of?”
Schumer, who has been an open advocate of stricter gun laws, has made no secret of being a Hillary Clinton supporter. On Monday, she appeared in a video on the Hillary for Florida Facebook page showing her outside Amalie Arena with a clipboard as she invites people to register to vote.
On Monday, Schumer issued a statement to the media addressing the walkouts: "I loved the crowd and my show in Tampa last night! I want to thank the 8,400 people who stayed. We had a great time! We have always depended on comedians to make us laugh and tell the truth. I am proud to continue that tradition."
People in Tampa had been waiting to hear what Schumer would say to the city for a couple months, but not for any political reasons. The August release of Schumer's book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, caused a stir here after she poked fun at Tampa, writing that while she'd had a great one-night stand here, the city was "horrendous." The release of the book even prompted a response from Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn.
The next stop on Schumer's stand-up tour is the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.