Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. has released a new stand-up comedy special via his website, and clips featuring bits about gender and sexuality have begun making the rounds on Twitter.
The special, titled Sorry, was filmed this past summer at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It’s his first special since 2020, and comes about five years after the now 54-year-old comedian was accused by five women of publicly masturbating in front of them.
In the new special, C.K. delivers a speech praising the “gender-fluid thing.”
“And the best idea is this gender-fluid thing, this is a great f*ckin’ idea,” he says. “The way I barely understand it is it’s just something in the middle, like a fretless bass.”
A lot of people talking shit about the new Louis CK special and I guarantee they haven’t watched it.
Listen to his take on genders and LGBTQ issues tell me if you think he sounds like a bigot / conservative
— Heem (@TheOnlyHeem) December 20, 2021
But just two years ago — when he didn’t think he was being recorded — he sang a slightly different tune when he told an audience: “They tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as they/them, because I identify as gender-neutral.’ Oh, OK. You should address me as ‘there’ because I identify as a location. And the location is your mother’s c*nt.”
In the same set, he talked about fighting with his doctor:
‘You need to stop eating ice cream.’ I said, ‘You need to go f*ck yourself. And don’t ever touch me again, you old f*ggot. You old f*cking Jewish f*g. Get your f*cking hands off me.’ You’re f*cking with my ice cream, I get upset.
Which led to tweets like this one, from writer and Sirius XM host Michelangelo Signorile:
In addition to Louis CK’s vicious mocking of the Parkland shooting victims and non-binary people, he’s using an effeminate voice in the set, which at once mocks gay men and trans women.The guy is angry, and going for easy lowest-common-denominator bashing. It’s vile.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) December 31, 2018
C.K. continues his bit by talking about gay men, and while generally supportive, the broad generalizations and repeated use of the word f*ggot may not strike everyone as entertaining.
Content warning. He says f-slur, but referring to cis het dudes 🤣 pic.twitter.com/kdwEUBhrGc
— Heem (@TheOnlyHeem) December 20, 2021
So is performing in front of a big set piece that says “Sorry” the same thing as actually facing up to his past actions and words?
C.K.’s critics sure don’t seem to think so, and they definitely don’t appreciate that NBC aired an ad for it during SNL:
NBC New York airing a commercial for Louis CK’s new special and then segueing directly into Dick in a Box on SNL is one of the most surreal moments of television I’ve ever seen
— Andy (@benbraddocks) December 19, 2021
There's no such thing as "cancel culture".
At MOST there seems to be a "hiatus culture", where disgraced & disgusting men like Louis CK or Mel Gibson disappear for a short time, then pop right back up like nothing ever happened.
— CJ Douglass (@eroticCJ) December 19, 2021
Hell of an aside in the Globe's mostly-glowing review of Louis CK. Woof. pic.twitter.com/BDiNK3bbiq
— Walt McGough (@wmcguy) December 11, 2021
Good morning and Happy Sunday to everyone who is scratching their heads at how sex criminals like Louis CK and a certain member of Congress still have jobs.
BONUS points if you just wondered "which member of Congress?"
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 19, 2021
Saying that people have “forgotten” that Louis CK is a sexual predator is giving them far too much credit. They didn’t forget, they just don’t care.
— Sophiane? is Team Hoary?? (@HonkIfUrHoary) December 19, 2021
The Louis CK special being advertised on my feed is making me mad for the same reason I was originally mad about any man "still liking him." The willful ignorance about sexual harassment. The siding with the harasser. The "get over it" tone of it all.
— Katya (@katpapov) December 19, 2021
I was a big fan of Louis CK in the early 2000s. His material focused on his married life, raising kids, social commentary that seemed supportive and progressive. Then a big shift happened! The sexual harassment allegations was just the start. His material changed as well. What he’s doing now is not funny. It just comes across as angry.
Mostly I can’t get over how simple and childish the jokes are. “My doctor told me to try to lose weight, so therefore he’s a f**.” There’s no joke there. There’s no substance to it. There’s no set-up… no twist… no punchline… no pun… no word play. It’s stupid and lazy. It doesn’t make any sense beyond, “I’m a bigot and I hate minorities.” He’s talking more about himself than he is about the doctor.
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