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Louis CK's Comeback

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In 2017 at the height of the #MeToo beginnings, Louis CK was accused of five women of sexual misconduct. According to the reports, CK exposed his penis and masturbated in the presence of these women against their will. CK later admitted that the allegations were true.

"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.

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."

His New Tour

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Less than a year after the news came out, CK was back doing comedy shows, and had pivoted to right wing, inflammatory jokes as his new bread and butter. He drew criticism when he made jokes about the Parkland kids, saying:

"I don’t know. They testified in front of Congress, these kids. Like, what the fuck. What are you doing? You’re young. You should be crazy. You should be unhinged, not in a suit saying, ‘I’m here to tell’… fuck you. You’re not interesting cause you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? How does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way and now I got to listen to you talking?"

On his latest tour, CK is back to drawing backlash. When speaking in front of an Israeli crowd, CK cracked that he used to love New York but "would rather be in Auschwitz. Now, not when it was open."

People Are Outraged

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The joke actually landed pretty well with his audience, but when the joke made its way to Twitter, people were less than pleased.

"(pokes head out of trash can, whispers) Louis CK’s whole joke was “I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City...I mean now, not when it was open.” It’s kinda funny! The obvious horror of the Holocaust is the point of the clever rhetorical misdirection! Also he’s a dick!"

"Louis CK also joked at the show about the accusations that he masturbated in front of women without their consent. How’s that for contrition and reflection over time?"

People Are Also Annoyed

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While there was plenty of outrage, there was also an overwhelming feeling of fatigue.

"Louis CK tells edgy joke to crowd that paid to see Louis CK tell edgy jokes" is just going to be a regular news cycle now, isn't it?

My issue with the Louis CK/Auschwitz joke is that it's so easy. Follow his thought process:. "NYC people are mad at me for masturbating in front of non-consenting adults so I'll compare NYC to someplace horrible. First thought: Auschwitz. Done! Time to jerk off."

"what if

and, follow me on this one, it gets a little abstract

but what if

we stopped giving a shit about louis ck and his shit jokes

what if "canceling" someone actually meant "no longer giving them attention"

giving them attention kinda diminishes the cancellation y'know?"

CK obviously isn't going to change, so we probably shouldn't expect him to.

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