This was probably not the best move. Comedian Louis C.K. is in hot water after he joked about the Parkland shooting survivors during a stand-up routine, and Twitter is taking him to task for it. He also made some gross jokes about gender identity, so all in all, Louis is making some real weird choices with his comedy at a time when he’s already pretty unpopular.
According to Us Weekly, during Louis’ Dec. 16 performance at Governor’s Comedy Club on Long Island, he said, “You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot,” addressing the Parkland students who have become advocates and activists for stricter gun control after the shooting at their school. “Why does that mean I have to listen to you? How does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot; you pushed some fat kid in the way! Now I gotta listen to you talking?” Yikes.
Later on in the set, Louis reportedly made fun of gender identity issues. “They tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as ‘they,’ ‘them’ because I identify as gender neutral.’ Oh, OK, OK,” he joked. “‘You should address me as ‘there’ because I identify as a location, and the location is your mother’s c–t.’”
Video from the routine ended up on YouTube on Dec. 30 and quickly went viral. Marjory Stoneman Douglas alum, like podcast host Jeremy Wein, swiftly denounced Louis and the set. “17 people died at my high school, my friend’s brother watched his friends die in front of him. F–k you Louis,” Wein tweeted. “Seriously if you are a club in NYC still welcoming this POS into your room, f–k you too.” Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter in the shooting, 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 every day. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?”
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