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Louis CK's Target in Leaked Set: Parkland Survivors

Though they have plenty of company
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2018 6:08 AM CST
In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Louis CK, co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the "Better Things" panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly...   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Since returning to stand-up after his #MeToo scandal, Louis CK has attracted a smattering of headlines, many of them unpleasant. A new entry in the category: TMZ reports on audio that was posted to YouTube on Sunday and subsequently deleted. It was labeled as being from a Dec. 16 set (possibly at the Governor's comedy club on Long Island) and contains a joke about the Parkland shooting survivors. Here it is, per Slate:

  • "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? Why does that make you interesting? You didn't get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I gotta listen to you talking?"

At Slate, Matthew Dessem provides many more examples from the set, which include a joke about the size of the genitalia of certain ethnic groups and one about a visit to a doctor who tells him to stop eating ice cream; he subsequently refers to the doctor as an "old f---ing Jewish fag." He also spent "five solid minutes (!) ... lamenting the fact that people have stopped using the word 'retarded,'" per Dessem, who notes what stood out to him as the most painful parts of listening to the audio. One, "he hasn’t lost his talent: his timing and delivery are still there, somewhere, peeking out under all the racism and ranting about political correctness." But what Dessem finds most depressing about the whole thing is the raucous laughter of an audience member caught on the audio. "Louis CK is clearly unwilling to reckon with what he’s done, but unfortunately, he seems to know exactly what he’s doing." Some excerpts remain live on Twitter, notes Forbes. Here's the Parkland bit, and one on people with intellectual disabilities. (Read more Louis CK stories.)

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