I was almost completely unaware of Louis C.K. back in the 1990s, even though I had Comedy Central on around the clock. Going back for old clips, I do recognize a few of his bits, but none of them made a big impression on me.
Then he burst onto my radar in 2010 with his anthology/comedy/drama show on
FX, Louie. I loved this show and it made Louis C.K. a comedy hero of mine. My wife and I would watch it together, enthusiastically singing along to the theme song “Brother Louie,” anticipating an episode of humor, introspection, drama, and humanity.
Louis and I are almost exactly the same age. He spoke truths about being a man that I identified with. And he did them in a way that seemed to be on a path of self-examination and self-betterment. I felt a kind of pride in seeing him sincerely struggle to be a better person, and to do it in a funny way.
After the accusations of sexual improprieties came out against him, I liked his initial response that he would take time to listen.
However, since then he’s been disappointing me, and his late December show was vile.
He mocked Parkland survivors. He made jokes about race and penis size. He mocked trans people. He used a bit whose premise were that “Asian men are actually women.”
When someone called him out on it, he complained that his life was over. Apparently this justified racism, sexism, and plain being a vile shithead.
And no mention of the women he victimized, the women whose careers he sabotaged. Did you do anything to make restitution to them?
You broke my heart Louis. You’re still a rich motherfucker. Why don’t you just go live in that hidden world where rich assholes go to get away from the rest of us?
Oh, and I also loved Janeane Garofalo’s stand-up starting in the early 1990s to. I admired her turn to liberal activism. I didn’t always agree with everything she said, but she could still be funny, even though it seemed she was increasingly becoming weird and alienated.
Now, apparently, she just wants everyone to leave Louis alone, because no one can truly understand what Louis is going through.
The pain Louis feels!!! Fuck you, Janeane Garofalo.