Louis C.K. faces new round of backlash after mocking Parkland survivors in leaked stand-up set
Louis C.K. is facing a new wave of backlash after he mocked survivors of the Parkland school shooting in a stand-up set.
The disgraced comedian, who has slowly been wading back into the stand-up world since admitting to sexual misconduct in November 2017, performed the controversial material Dec. 16, and it leaked online Sunday.
In a clip shared to Twitter, C.K., 51, expresses his disappointment with the “boring” Gen Z, and slams teenagers’ political correctness before rattling off jokes about gender identity.
“I was kind of excited to be in my 50s and see people in their 20s and be like, ‘They’re crazy! These kids are nuts!’” he said. “But they’re not…they’re just boring…’You should address me as ‘there’ because I identify as a location.’ And the location is your mother’s c--t.”
To prove his point, C.K. then launched into a rant against survivors of the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which killed 17 people.
“They testify in front of Congress, these kids. What are you doing? You’re young, you should be crazy, you should be unhinged,” he said. “’I am here to tell…’ F--k 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 put some fat kid in the way and now I gotta listen to you talking?”
C.K. was likely taking aim at Douglas student Aalayah Eastmond, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September and described how she hid under the body of a classmate who’d been shot.
Eastmond offered a blistering response to C.K.’s set Monday morning, writing on Twitter: “Hey Louis CK — since you like making fun of me and other Parkland survivors behind closed doors, I’m right here if you want to talk. Just try to keep it in your pants, ok?”
Fellow Parkland survivor-turned-activist Cameron Kasky also weighed in, telling the Daily Beast that to him, it seems C.K. is “leveraging his appeal as a non-PC comic to attract the lowest common denominator. Which is disappointing.”
C.K.’s set also included a dig at New York City, with the comic declaring he’d “rather be in Auschwitz” than the Big Apple.
The set took place at Governor’s Comedy Club on Long Island, and owner James Dolce told the Daily News C.K. received a standing ovation.
“It was a great show. He brought the house down. They love him, they can’t get enough of him” said Dolce, who said that C.K. performed six shows across 11 days in December at three of his clubs on Long Island.
Dolce noted that his clubs have a strict no taping policy so that comedians feel comfortable working through material that isn’t entirely polished yet, and that whoever leaked C.K.’s set broke club rules.
“He’s very gifted,” Dolce said. “Everybody has opinions on everybody in this world, I guess, but this is comedy. Comedy is a whole different animal.”
Despite Dolce’s ringing endorsement of C.K.’s set, it was met with criticism on social media similar to the previous instances in which C.K. attempted new material.
He started making his way back onto the comedy scene in August with a controversial set at the Comedy Cellar that reportedly prompted walk-outs from several women in the audience.
The “Louie” star has returned to the Greenwich Village stage several times since to test new material, though he’s faced backlash for failing to address his sexual misconduct, which included masturbating in front of female comics.