Comedian Louis C.K., who admitted to repeatedly exposing himself and masturbating in front of unwilling women in Nov. of 2017, mocked survivors of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and ridiculed their gun control advocacy, according to a leaked audio tape from a recent performance at the Comedy Cellar.
“They testify in front of Congress, these kids? What are they doing?” the comedian said according to audio posted on Twitter on Sunday by comedy writer Jack Allison.
“You’re young, you should be crazy, you should be unhinged, not in a suit saying I’m here to tell you — ‘F–k you,’ ” C.K. continued.
C.K. added that the students didn’t suddenly become interesting because they survived a mass shooting.
“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you?” he continued while receiving laughs from the audience.
“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.”
i mean he’s like a RW comic now. hes milo pic.twitter.com/QYOGI7TrGa
— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) December 31, 2018
C.K. also mocked people who request “they/them” pronouns.
“They’re like royalty!” C.K. said. “They tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as they/them, because I identify as gender-neutral.’ Oh, OK. You should address me as ‘there’ because I identify as a location. And the location is your mother’s cunt.”
According to Slate, he also devoted five minutes to lamenting the fact that people have stopped using the word “retarded.”
But we started to feel shitty about it, so we changed it to “intellectually challenged.” What the fuck, it’s—don’t name the kid a thing he can’t say out loud. An intellectual challenge is can you translate Shakespeare into Latin and make it rhyme. These kids are not intellectually challenged, they’re intellectually fuckin’ done. They are! It’s not their sport! But we decided we didn’t want to call them retarded because we call each other that, so we went back to Nelson and we said, “Listen, Nelson, I have something to tell you. You’re not retarded anymore.”
“You mean I’m cured?”
“No, not at all. We just don’t call you that, ’cause it’s a terrible thing to call somebody.”
“But you called me that with—”
“Yes, but not anymore, because we shouldn’t.”
And he’s trying to wrap his head around this, which is difficult for Nelson, ’cause he’s fucking retarded.
In response to the leaked set, producer, writer, and stand-up comedian Judd Apatow tweeted: “This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy. It’s much easier to laugh at our most vulnerable than to look at their pain directly & show them love and concern. Louis CK is all fear and bitterness now. He can’t look inward.”
This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy. It’s much easier to laugh at our most vulnerable than to look at their pain directly & show them love and concern. Louis CK is all fear and bitterness now. He can’t look inward. https://t.co/aQVG0rk87y
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 31, 2018
Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter during the Parkland massacre, tweeted: “To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?”
To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don't you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes? https://t.co/tZI9ThSciR
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 31, 2018
something tells me there's an overlap in the venn diagram of the conservatives who were outraged about pete davidson mocking the alt-right ringleader in texas for losing an eye and conservatives telling everyone to lighten up over louis ck mocking survivors of school shootings pic.twitter.com/mctcbmTgKL
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) December 31, 2018