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Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Danny Masterson's rape accusers slam Netflix for releasing his remaining episodes of The Ranch
The final batch of Masterson's episodes were released early today on the streaming service, angering his rape accusers who point to Netflix quickly cut ties to Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and Ed Westwick in wake of their sexual misconduct scandals. “We get it, Netflix,” accuser Chrissie Carnell Bixler wrote in a statement. “You don’t believe us. You rub salt in our wounds. Is Danny Masterson still co-executive producer of The Ranch? You knew you had to fire him, but you do a bunch of reshoots so you can finish our rapist’s storyline up and give him a respectable send off. And there he is on TV in the new season. Kevin Spacey? Fired on the spot. Production halted. Ed Westwick? Louis C.K.? Are there active investigations into these accused men?" ALSO: Here is how The Ranch wrote out Masterson's character.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Survey suggests viewers are unaffected by the #MeToo movement
Morning Consult polled 2,202 American adults to see if sexual misconduct allegations hurt any of the high-profile Hollywood men, and the study found that only Louis CK and Kevin Spacey were viewed less favorably.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Louis CK accuser: "I’ve received death threats, been berated, judged, ridiculed, dismissed, shamed, and attacked"
It's been six months since Rebecca Corry came forward in The New York Times, and she has experienced everything from being mocked by Dave Chappelle to losing friends to numerous tweets of abuse from Louis CK defenders. "Speaking out feels like standing in front of the world naked under fluorescent lights on a really bad day," she writes. "I knew making myself so vulnerable would bring scrutiny from the outside, but my personal life has also been damaged by my decision to tell the truth." She adds: "Now I’m being asked if I think CK will make a “comeback.” The idea that CK reentering the public eye would ever be considered a 'comeback' story is disturbing. The guy exploited his position of power to abuse women. A “comeback” implies he’s the underdog and victim, and he is neither. CK is a rich, powerful man who was fully aware that his actions were wrong. Yet he chose to behave grotesquely simply because he could. The only issue that matters is whether he will choose to stop abusing women."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Sarah Silverman defends Al Franken, says of Louis CK: "I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists"
"All I can say is, and he may not be excited about this, but he has no sexuality," Silverman says of Franken in a GQ profile. "I believe in my heart of heart of hearts he never copped a feel." As for Louis CK and whether he should be allowed to make a comeback, she says: “I think that there are people who were caught and there were people who were not caught, but the important thing is that they are forever changed. And if that's the case, I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists. Now, whether they're popular artists or not is up to the audience. I have compassion. There are people that just deny everything they're accused of and they continue to be the politicians or the filmmakers that they are. And there are people that come and say, I'm guilty of these things, and I'm wrong, and I want to be changed from this. And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. He's my brother, so it's hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I'm trying to.” Silverman also spoke about Aziz Ansari, saying of her reaction to his sexual misconduct scandal: “I was just like, Gross, I don't wanna know that about Aziz! Hopefully he's dealing with things, looking inward, and will blossom from it.”
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Owner of New York's famed Comedy Cellar is happy to have Aziz Ansari perform -- and he'd welcome Louis CK back, too
Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman tells The New York Daily News a woman walking out of a recent Ansari performance was the exception rather than the rule. "When he's come down there, the crowd has been cheering even more than they were before the controversy," he says of Ansari. As for Louis CK coming back to perform, he says, "Louis admitted that he did things he's ashamed of. Nobody should take this issue lightly. Yet as a society we also don't believe that punishments go on forever, and we generally believe in a path to forgiveness for people who have shown real contrition."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Tig Notaro talks about a potential Louis CK comeback and his defenders saying he isn't as bad as Harvey Weinstein
Six months after Louis CK's downfall, Notaro reflects on his name being on her Amazon show One Mississippi: "One of the most powerful people in comedy was executive producer on the show, and the networks and studios were excited to have him," she says. "I meanwhile had found out he’s not who I thought he was, and so I wanted that separation." Regarding talk of a potential comeback of Louis CK and other #MeToo sexual harassers, Notaro says: "You know what? If any of these people come back, I would say, 'I can’t wait to see who is actually going to support them.' That is going to be the glaring horror. Who is going to be, like, 'This is a pressing issue, and we need to get them back?'" Adding that people are blinded by fame and power, she adds: "Every time I turn around I’m surprised. You think somebody is the most progressive, powerful person and then they’re like: 'Well, this guy didn’t really do much. It’s not Harvey Weinstein.' Yes, but put yourself in the mind-set of somebody walking around masturbating in front of people. Who is that?"
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Report: A Charlie Rose-hosted #MeToo redemption show is in the works
Journalist Tina Brown, the former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, tells Page Six she was recently approached to produce a #MeToo atonement series that would have the disgraced former CBS News and PBS host interview other men embroiled in sexual harassment scandals. Brown also mentioned the proposed show this week at a Women’s Luncheon in Brooklyn, with a source saying she told the audience she had rejected the proposal while mentioning potential guests like Matt Lauer and Louis CK. Brown tells Page Six's Ian Mohr, however, she "can't remember" who exactly is behind the series. Page Six adds: "Three guests at the Brooklyn lunch recalled Brown mentioning the Rose show was pitched to her as a 'Netflix show.' But a source familiar with the streaming service told us that it’s not at all a Netflix project, and no one there had heard of it." This news comes amid a controversial news cycle that's seen several stories exploring how high-profile men could stage their comebacks.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Pamela Adlon has found a group of Better Things writers after scripting previous seasons exclusively with Louis CK
“It’s been amazing to be in a room with them since February and talk about stories and inspirations," she says. "Now we’re writing drafts and I just hope that everybody loves it as much as we do.”
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
The "redemption narrative" seems inevitable for the powerful men sidelined by sexual misconduct
The recent spate of stories on sexual abusers like Louis CK, Mario Batali and Matt Lauer potentially staging comebacks are all part of the redemption arc, says Stassa Edwards. "There’s a certain tick-tock already baked in the redemption story; a sense that there are correct steps done in a thoughtful order to restore temporarily suspended careers," she says. "The first is to admit wrongdoing and apologize. CK issued an apology, as did Batali (Batali’s, done through his newsletter, even included a recipe for cinnamon rolls). The second is evidence that a man has made some sort of effort to change. This is usually in the form of thinking or listening, perhaps even a kind of soul-searching." Edwards notes that these redemption narratives don't ask difficult questions, nor do they make difficult demands. "It’s revealing that such self-reflection never results in the conclusion that men who have spent careers harassing and bullying should not return to those careers," she says. "They never reach the conclusion that their past actions have permanently degraded their authority as cultural arbiters. It’s telling that they demand not just forgiveness but the continued public support that an actor or chef or journalist requires with giving so little in return. But then they would have to question the very 'self,' and its true capacity for reflection, they value so dearly. The work of making amends is messy and long; there is no room for such things in these swift and tidy narratives."
- Anthony Bourdain's #MeToo advice for Alec Baldwin: "Just shut up"
- It's like there's a quota for needlessly sympathetic stories about odious men
- Of course these men expect to re-enter their careers as if nothing ever happened
- Sean Penn dines with Charlie Rose after writing a poem defending defending him against sexual misconduct allegations
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Why it's too early to talk about a Louis CK comeback
With the recent news that Matt Lauer and Mario Batali are exploring potential comebacks, and The Hollywood Reporter publishing a story that many have read as sympathetic to Louis CK, feminst podcaster Sarah Lerner observed yesterday that we seem to have reached "the Sexual Predator Redemption Arc™️ phase" of the #metoo news cycle. In the Hollywood Reporter article, comedian Gilbert Gottfried is quoted as saying “there are different levels of misbehavior” and that Louis CK's sexual misconduct isn't comparable to Harvey Weinstein. To which Paste Magazine's Garrett Martin says: "Nobody needs to be asking what Louis CK can do to restore his career until women in comedy feel ready to let him try. Five months is not enough time to forgive his misuse of power or forget how he exploited women looking for career help for his own sexual satisfaction." ALSO: No one is saying ban Louis CK for life, but talking about his redemption after just five months makes his actions seem inconsequential.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Edie Falco thinks Louis CK deserves another chance
Falco, one of the stars of CK's self-released sitcom Horace and Pete, says when asked by Vulture if he should be allowed to make a comeback: "I certainly hope so. He’s someone who admitted that he did what he was accused of doing and admitted that it wasn’t right. If I was not given another chance a couple of times, there is no way we’d be having this interview right now. People who are committed to becoming aware of what they’ve done and changing, they can be our strongest proponents in an issue like this."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Why did Louie disappear recently from Hulu only recently?
Turns out Hulu's license for Louie expired -- the FX comedy wasn't pulled belatedly because of Louis CK sexual harassment scandal. As Michael Schneider notes, "streaming services have been less likely to remove library content of disgraced stars. For example, although Netflix fired Kevin Spacey from Season 6 of House of Cards, older episodes starring the actor remain on the service, along with other library titles featuring the actor."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Louis CK spotted with former Louie guest-star Parker Posey
Posey, who once called CK's character a "creep" after her famous guest-stint on the FX series, appears to be supporting the comedian following his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
How Aziz Ansari could rebuild his image using Master of None
Season 3 of the comedian's Netflix series should focus on self-reflection and listening, says Lisa Bonos. “Now that Aziz Ansari is caught in a real-life situation that is quite unclear — a first date of his says their night together wasn’t consensual, while he says it was — Master of None’s star and co-creator (with Alan Yang) has an opening to explore the difference between romantic pursuit and coercion As far as we know, this was an isolated incident that probably won’t end Ansari’s career or kill his popular series; the allegations against Ansari are not in Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer territory. But his reputation will need some rebuilding. And since Master of None already deals with dating dilemmas, Ansari could use his popular series to explore how courtship could be more consensual.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Louie Anderson is “sad” about the Louis CK’s sexual harassment scandal, but was “really proud” of his apology
“I’ve sent him messages that I was thinking of him and that I care about him. I can’t imagine how he feels right now,” says the Baskets star. “And I can’t imagine how the other people feel. So, all in all, it was sad. My main thing was sadness.”