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Amy Schumer: Alt-right Internet trolls behind Netflix special's bad reviews

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Amy Schumer insists people really like her new Netflix special, and claims alt-right Internet trolls are the ones responsible for its bad buzz.

Schumer's "The Leather Special" debuted last week on Netflix, and as the streaming service’s subscribers are starting to watching it, less-than-stellar reviews have been pouring in.

But the stand-up comic said these reviews aren't because her special is sub-par. She says its poor reception is a result of a coordinated online campaign from the alt-right.

"The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do," she said in a lengthy Instagram post. "They organize to get my ratings down."

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Schumer also slammed "the 'journalists' who report on trolls activities as if it's news" adding that this is "what the current administration wants."

The 35-year-old said the alt-right organized similar protests against her book, TV show and movies.

"I want to thank them," she said of the trolls. "It reminds me what I'm saying is effective and bring more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going."

Schumer also addressed reports that she stole jokes from other comedians for her new Netflix special.

"Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead," she stated. "I know who I am."

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Schumer did not address the poor reviews she received from TV critics, including an LA Times' review that said the special was too over-the-top when it came to the R-rated content Schumer is known for.

"'The Leather Special' not only relies on… explicit themes, but kicks it all up a notch so there's more of it — with more frequency and extremities. And as it turns out, that's not a good thing."

Newsday's TV critic gave a similar message, giving the special a C grade, writing that it’s "too much" and "too carnal."

The Detroit News was a bit more charitable, calling the special "funny but predictable."

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