Louis C.K. is not backing down from being controversial, and funny, onstage after he delivered a joke about the holocaust while doing a set in Tel Aviv. The comedian performed Thanksgiving night in Holon, a suburb of Tel Aviv in Israel. He’s currently on an international tour that will take him through Slovakia and Hungary before coming back to the United States in December.
During his set in Israel, Louis reportedly told the crowd, “I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City.” He added, “I mean now, not when it was open,” according to Page Six. The Israeli audience reportedly burst into applause for Louis.
During the Holocaust, the Auschwitz Concentration Camp was operated in Poland by the Nazis and was the place where more than one million people were murdered during WWII … many of them Jewish.
Though the joke is meant to be shocking, Louis may not be kidding about his disdain for The Big Apple, as he does not have any NYC dates on his tour schedule.
Louis has not been afraid to address the sexual misconduct scandal that dealt a blow to his career and exiled him out of the public view for years and has apparently even incorporated the experience into his act.
The NY Daily News reports that Louis spoke about masturbating in front of women during his set, and gave some sage advice:
“If they say ‘yes,’ then still don’t do it, because it’s not popular.”
Back in 2017 Louis addressed the allegations against him after five women came forward to the New York Times with stories of sexual misconduct.
“These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
He was applauded by many for admitting his mistakes and coming forward with a very honest statement.
“I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.
I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.”
Even though there is no excuse for what’s been done, fans are ready to move past Louis’ past and give him another shot. After his show in Tel Aviv, one of the female fans gave a statement to the Associated Press about her feelings on the comedian.
“As a woman who’s been very aware of everything that has happened over the #MeToo movement and all of that, I’d say that he’s probably the only celebrity who’s expressed regret over what he had done and was willing to actually address it.”