Louis C.K. wins a third Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album!
On Sunday, April 3, the Recording Academy shocked the world when it ignored the famous “Cancel Culture” and recognized the American stand-up comedian.
Although the infamous comedian was not present at the event, he ultimately took home a golden trophy for his stand-up special, where the 54-year-old addressed his 2017 sexual misconduct case.
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As shared by PEOPLE, C.K.’s third Grammy win in the Best Comedy Album category marked his first nomination since multiple women accused the entertainer of sexual misconduct in 2017.
The father-of-two won the award for ‘Sincerely, Louis C.K.,’ a post-scandal stand-up special in which he joked about the controversial affair and its impacts on his career.
At the time, five survivors of the media personality’s abuse shared sordid details about the ordeals they endured at the sexual predator’s hands in a candid interview with the New York Times.
According to these women, the “Pootie Tang” director “masturbated in front of them and others without their consent.” After the news surfaced, the accused released a lengthy statement confirming his distasteful actions.
The filmmaker admitted he was guilty, stating that the “hardest regret to live with” involved the harm done to someone else. The “Horace and Pete” star wrote:
“I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”
It appeared the entertainer wished to make amends by stepping down, or perhaps he wanted to end things himself before being canceled by the world.
Louis C.K. Wins Grammy After Admitting to Sexual Misconduct https://t.co/JbASBQfEDu
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Naturally, the stand-up personality’s sexual misconduct admission led to his immediate fallout in the entertainment industry. Platforms like FX, Netflix, and HBO cut off ties with the comedian.
C.K.’s representatives dropped him while Orchard canceled the release of his movie “I Love You, Daddy,” however the 54-year-old later purchased the rights to the film’s title.
Despite the criticisms and online backlash for his actions, “The Secret Life of Pets” star did not stay down and returned to the spotlight in 2018, working at NYC’s Comedy Cellar.
After his Grammy victory, several entertainers voiced their disapproval as the sexual offender won against comedians such as Nate Bargatze, Lewis Black, Lavell Crawford, Chelsea Handler, and Kevin Hart.
Rebecca Corry, one of the five women who blew the whistle on the “Louie” director’s crimes, shared her disgust about the situation. Sarah Ann Masse, a victim of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, also shared similar sentiments.
The actress wrote, “Cancel culture’ seems pretty selective, hmm? And thanks so much to our industry for once again telling us that survivors don’t matter.”
Last November, following C.K.’s Grammy nomination announcement, the Recording Academy CEO defended the organization’s decision to accept the comedian’s entry for Best Comedy Album.
Harvey Mason Jr. explained that the committee did not consider factors like “people’s history and their criminal record,” instead they only cared for the aspects that followed their rules.
The CEO stated that the organization would not discriminate against works that were eligible based on their criteria. However, Mason pointed out that the management could control who appeared at their shows.
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As previously reported by The Blast, C.K.’s return to the spotlight did not come without hiccups, as the three-time Peabody Award winner faced various criticisms.
In 2019, the comedian performed at three sold-out shows in San Jose, where the loudest voices were not from the audience but the protesters gathered outside.
Members of the San Jose-based Enough is Enough Voter Project contested against the filmmaker’s gig, but the Improv center defended the” Lucky Loui” star’s right to perform at their club.
More backlash ensued after a since-deleted audio recording on YouTube captured the entertainer’s insensitive remarks about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors.
However, fellow comedian Ricky Gervais defended C.K. with a tweet that implied people could joke about whatever they want regardless of the opinions of others.