Where did Louis CK's angry new material come from?
In mocking Parkland survivors, transgender people and Asian male penises, CK is "just being a d*ck and redirecting his anger from the worthiest of targets—including himself, given that he blew up his career by harassing women—toward the people it’s easiest to malign," says Christina Cauterucci. "This material isn’t transgressive. It’s mean-spirited and cheap, and it gives bigots permission to take easy shots at communities they love to hate." She adds: "In less than two years, the comedian went from calling Trump a 'dirty, rotten, lying sack of sh*t' to sounding like an aggrieved right-winger. All it took was being confronted with his own despicable behavior and the harm he caused others to shift the thrust of his comedy from punching up and in to punching down and out. Despite his initial apology, CK isn’t mad at himself for abusing women, having his employees and allies stunt their careers to keep them silent, and lying about his behavior for years. He’s only mad at the people who held him accountable."
- Being Louis CK right now seems to be the perfect punishment for him: "This version of CK is spiteful toward his teenage daughter, unable to enjoy himself in exile in France, and despondent that he’s reduced to performing in a place where he has to heckle his own sound guy to get an adjustment on his microphone," says Alyssa Rosenberg. "There’s a difference between bitterness and introspection, though, and while the set let us know that CK feels very, very bad about life, it didn’t contain much to indicate that he understands how he ended up in this place that he hates so much. That’s the worst curse of all, because if you don’t understand how you’ve plunged yourself into the sort of depths C.K. now inhabits, you’ll never find a way out."
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- It's like CK isn't even trying to win back his audience: "Perhaps Louis has calculated that his good-person-trying-to-make-sense-of-a-bad-world schtick will never again appeal to a wider audience, but I doubt that’s what’s going on," says Mike Pesca. "Either Louis believes he is a good person who is the victim, in which case he will want to use his skills to prove this to us anew, or he always believed he was an irredeemable wretch, and the framing devices like 'of course … but maybe?' were just a lie."
- Marc Maron reveals he hasn't spoken with Louis CK since The New York Times exposé 14 months ago: "I don't care," he said on Thursday's WTF podcast, responding to his old friend's recent controversy. "It seems like he's full of anger and survival... survival mechanism has kicked in... I don't know his life. It doesn't seem good."
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