Time.com – Comedian Louis C.K. is in hot water again after mocking school shooting survivors’ advocacy for gun control during a recent comedy set that was leaked online.
Well, if there was any glimmer of hope that Louis C.K.’s return to stage in the New York scene was the beginning of a huge comeback story…it’s gone now. I can’t imagine he survives this one.
According to CNN, the recording was of a Dec. 16 performance. Louis took aim at the Parkland teenagers who survived a school shooting. He asked whether they were mature enough to think about testifying in front of Congress.
“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where a kid got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you?” C.K said in the set. “How does that make you interesting, you didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way and now I gotta listen to you talking?”
17 students died at the hands of a fellow student and you’re belittling the survivors for trying to do something to honor their dead friends?! They’re kids Louis! What the fuck are you doing?! Who cares if the 80 people at that NYC comedy spot laugh at it? They’re die hards that would laugh if you farted into the mic for 20 minutes. You know damn well that bit can’t go anywhere beyond that little stage, so why would you put your entire career at risk by doing it that night?
In addition to the obvious problem with him doing a bit that belittles the survivors of this horrible tragedy, I also have a problem with the fact I don’t believe for a second that he feels that way. Therefore, the bit lacks honesty for me. Honesty is what made Louis C.K. great!
This bit comes off as manufactured. As if he’s just taking the opposite stance of every normal human being on the planet and shitting on these kids for mere shock value. That’s open mic shit. The only way a bit like this works is if a majority of us secretly feel the same way he does, but are afraid to say it out loud. When that’s the case, it gets a huge reaction from the crowd because we all experience simultaneous relief that someone else feels the same way. Regardless of how you feel about gun control or if you believe teenagers should be allowed to have a political voice on the matter, raise your hand if you believe these kids are cowards he only survived because they shielded themselves behind the fat kids.
If Louis does feel that way, then he’s disconnected from reality and doesn’t have the capacity to put himself in the shoes of others, which would make sense given his previous actions that got him in trouble. It would be interesting to see how this bit would go if the shooting was at the school his children attend. Regardless, I think he finally drove a dagger into the heart of his comedy career with this one. I was a big fan of Louis C.K. but it looks like we won’t be seeing or hearing much from him in the future and maybe that’s for the best.