in response to a recent post about Booth Babes that I felt missed the point. Hope you guys like it.
Because people are looking at the quote where he says he learned about rape culture out of context, and didn’t see just how much of a jerk he was in the rest of the interview.
This is awful. He said some truly problematic and awful things tonight and he’s getting kudos on being awesome on women’s issues.
Is this REALLY how low we set the bar for men?
Louis C.K., The Daily Show, 7/16/12. (via hulksmashes)
lou i knew you were smart
woah is this for real because if so I am pleased
But then he goes on to say how he can still appreciate a good rape joke and all discussions about this just bring gender into it too much, particularly women arguing about what they feel and men need to just tell them yeah, we listened to your feelings, now shut up. And he prefaced this by saying, “It’s also a fight between comedians and feminists, which are natural enemies. Because stereotypically speaking, feminists can’t take a joke and comedians can’t take criticism. So to one side you say if you can’t take a joke, stay out of the comedy clubs.” CK deserves no pass.
Reblogged for commentary. I actually think this was the worst possible way he could have handled it. First, he didn’t take any responsibility for supporting Tosh in the first place, then he insinuated that the root of all of this was feminists not having a sense of humor (though he was careful to balance it out with (much milder) criticisms of comedians- that they can’t take criticism. Then, when some people in the crowd booed his comment about feminists not having a sense of humor, he pulled the “See?” card- because objecting to what he was saying is apparently the same thing as not having a sense of humor.
THEN he goes on to say “So I’ve learned all about the rape culture this week, and I didn’t know before” BUT he then says “And it still doesn’t matter, and women are just getting all over emotional, as women do, and dudes you should humor them a bit and then tell them to shut the fuck up.”
Then he finished with a joke about killing jews, to show “Hey, I’m being offensive! It’s what comedians do! What, you can’t laugh at me being offensive?”
It was really, really gross. It was also a really pathetic attempt to appease his more progressive fans while still not alienating any jerks by actually taking a position. He did not once, not once, criticize anything Daniel Tosh said or did here or act like maybe there was a legitimate reason to criticize it.
He seriously just said that feminsts and comics are natural enemies because feminists can’t take a joke. Yea. He’s also basically saying that women don’t like rape jokes because we’re overemotional and that the men should listen to us talk about it just to humor us, but then we should shut the fuck up when men are talking.
He’s managed to flush every bit of progressive credibility he ever had down the toilet this week. I’m more disappointed in Louis C.K. than I am in Daniel Tosh at this point. I KNEW Daniel Tosh was a an overly privileged douchebag who hates women and just about everyone else who isn’t male, middle-class and white, but I seriously expected better from Louis C.K.