Last week, comedienne Amy Schumer’s new special titled “The Leather Special” dropped on Netflix. In light of some scathing reviews, however, the video streaming provider is dropping its 5-star rating system.
The Verge reported this week that Netflix will be ditching its 5-star rating system in favor of a “thumbs up, thumbs down” system.
“Five stars feels very yesterday now,” Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin said. “We’re spending many billions of dollars on the titles we’re producing and licensing, and with these big catalogs, that just adds a challenge.”
Last year, Business Insider reported that the streaming giant was looking to move away from its current rating system. During beta testing, Yellin said they received a 200 percent increase in ratings.
A majority of reviews of Schumer’s comedy special received a 1-star rating. Schumer took to Instagram and blamed “alt-right trolls” for converging onto Netflix and giving her horrible reviews.
“I am so proud of my special and grateful to all the people spreading love on line about it,” Schumer wrote in her Instagram post. “I am the first female comic who is selling out arenas all over the world and so grateful for that. I am embarrassed for the ‘journalists’ who report on trolls activities as if it’s news.”
She continued. “It’s indicative of administration right now. Anyone who reported that ‘viewers aren’t happy’ with my special, it would have been cool if you did a moment of research before posting. The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do.”
I am so proud of my special and grateful to all the people spreading love on line about it. I am the first female comic who is selling out arenas all over the world and so grateful for that. I am embarrassed for the "journalists" who report on trolls activities as if it's news. It's indicative of administration right now. Anyone who reported that "viewers aren't happy" with my special, it would have been cool if you did a moment of research before posting. The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do. Read the @splitsider article. They organize to get my ratings down. Meeting in sub Reddit rooms. They tried on my book and movies and tv show And I want to thank them. It makes me feel so powerful and dangerous and brave. It reminds me what I'm saying is effective and bring more interest to my work and their obsession with me keeps me going. I am only alarmed by the people printing their organized trolling as "news" this is what the current administration wants. So this post has nothing against the trolls. I thank you trolls so much. It fills me with hope and power to see you all furiously posting so as always accuse me of whatever lies you want. Call me a whale. Call me a thief and I will continue to rise and fight and lead. I know who I am. I am strong and beautiful and will use my voice my whole time on this earth. Journalists do better it's embarrassing. Trolls see you on the next one! 😘😘😘
However, many of her own fans thought her comedy special was terrible.
Amy Schumer's new Netflix comedy special is laughably bad, which is the only laugh you'll get from it. And I say that as a fan.— Hey_Drienne (@Hey_Drienne) March 15, 2017
My wife's a fan, so we watched Amy Schumer on Netflix. My wife hated it. I told her this would happen when Amy had to write her own jokes.— Beet Farmer (@farmer_beet) March 15, 2017
A final thought... Against popular opinion, I've long been a fan of Amy Schumer. And I still respect her. But this latest special is...Meh.— Stoli (@CRStoli) March 17, 2017
Pro Tip: I'm a fan, but the new Amy Schumer special is so gross, I only made it 8 mins. It took 20 mins of Zootopia just to feel okay again.— Ian Punnett (@deaconpunnett) March 15, 2017
So, while Netflix hasn’t clearly stated that they’re getting rid of their ratings system due to Schumer’s special, the timing is odd and suspicious at the very least.