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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.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
An emotional Zach Galifianakis says Louis CK “grosses me out”
“It was so disruptive in a harmful way to so many people,” Galifianakis said of CK, who had to be removed as executive producer of his FX comedy Baskets. “We just kind of put our heads down and worked on the new season,” he told Vulture. He added: “This is the poison of celebrity culture: The fact that someone can think that just because they’re loved, they can do what they want. It grosses me out…That’s all I want to say.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Why Amazon made a “terrible decision” in canceling Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi
It is bad optics for Amazon, after having several ties to the recent sexual misconduct scandals, to cancel this particular female-led show, says Alan Sepinwall, pointing out that One Mississippi is a very cheap show to make. “Costs almost nothing, pays huge dividends for the brand, maybe even brings new eyeballs to the show. Easy,” he says, adding: “This was a great show that still felt like it had a lot of story to tell, and one of the advantages of this weird, overflowing era in TV is that great shows tend to be allowed to run as long as they want, or at least get to end at a point mutually negotiated between creator and distributor.”
Posted Sunday 1/14/18 at 1:04PM EST
Aziz Ansari accused of sexual assault
An anonymous woman detailed her experience with the Master of None star to Babe.net, saying that the alleged sexual assault incident happened last September during a date. The 23-year-old woman, whom Babe.net is calling “Grace,” spoke about her experience following Ansari's Golden Globes victory last week. She says nothing eventful happened during the date until they arrived at his apartment, where she alleges that he “physically pulled her hand towards his penis multiple times throughout the night.” Grace later texted Ansari, using a number that Babe.net verified to be the actor’s phone number. Babe.net said it reached out to Ansari and his team less than 24 hours before publication on Saturday night and received no response. This morning, TMZ reached out to Ansari’s rep also with no response.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Louis CK’s episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was initially omitted when the web series joined Netflix
Only 58 of the 60 episodes of the Jerry Seinfeld web series made the jump from Crackle to Netflix on Jan. 5 — and many of the episodes were edited to remove references to “Crackle." As Decider notes, the Louis CK episode was mysteriously missing. But now it has been "quietly added" to the collection. Netflix hasn’t explained the initial omission. Now, the only missing episode is the “George Costanza”/Jason Alexander episode, which Netflix doesn’t have the rights for because it aired on Fox during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 5:52PM EST
TBS pulls the plug on Louis CK’s Cops
The animated comedy series starring Albert Brooks had its production suspended in November following CK’s sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
FX didn't find any problems with Louis CK after a thorough investigation
“We didn’t find any issues or complaints of any kind during the eight years we worked together,” FX Netflix CEO John Landgraf said at the TV press tour. Asked if he heard anything about Louis CK’s behavior prior to cutting ties with the comedian over his sexual misconduct, Landgraf said: “We didn’t know about that them…There was a piece in Gawker which isn’t a viable source.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
FX has “extraordinary confidence” in Better Things co-creator Pamela Adlon after cutting ties with Louis CK
“It’s Pamela’s show,” said FX's John Landgraf. “These are her stories. This is her life. Louis was her co-writer. She’s going to have to write them all herself or find another co-writer. I’m optimistic and confident that the third season will be great.”
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Dave Chappelle’s jokes about sexual misconduct “seem like tired shtick”
Comedy critic Jason Zinoman tackles the controversy generated by Chappelle’s Equanimity special, pointing out that the comedian was rehashing Chris Rock’s old jokes about sexual harassment from the 1990s. “Mr. Chappelle opens this special by noting that sometimes the funniest thing to say is mean, and he’s right,” says Zinoman. “Comedy, to quote Steve Martin, is not pretty. But when Mr. Chappelle says some of the sexual assault victims speaking out are now experiencing ‘buyer’s remorse,’ a particularly cruel turn of phrase, this is surely not the funniest thing he can think of. And it is expressed with as little empathy as possible.” Zinoman adds that Chappelle tries to present himself these days as a comedy statesman. “But,” Zinoman adds, "in this paradigm-shifting moment, when victims are speaking out and revealing secrets long buried, Mr. Chappelle is ignoring the historical context, the systemic barriers preventing women from speaking up about abuse or succeeding in comedy. “
- "For a guy who seems to be so clear-eyed in matters where black men have been abused, exploited and victimized, Dave Chappelle still has a major blind spot when it comes to everyone else"
- Are Chappelle’s sexual misconduct jokes being taken too seriously? Does Chappelle want to be taken seriously?
- Chappelle mocked Kevin Spacey accuser Anthony Rapp: “Not to victim-blame, but it seems like the kind of situation that a gay 14-year-old kid would get himself into”
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 2:46PM EST
Dave Chappelle criticizes Louis CK’s accusers
Chappelle discussed the sexual misconduct allegations against CK, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose in his new The Bird Revelation special. The CK allegations, he said, were “like the turning point….His allegations was the only one that made me, like, laugh.” Chappelle criticized one accuser, in particular, saying that she had a “brittle-ass spirit” for alleging she had her comedy dreams ruined by CK’s masturbation.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Disney Channel has removed Louis CK’s voice from a 2015 episode of Gravity Falls
Following Louis CK’s sexual misconduct scandal, creator Alex Hirsch has replaced CK to become the new voice of the Horrifying Sweaty One-Armed Monstrosity in reruns of the comedian's episode.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Sexual harassment accusers describe the backlash: Louis CK accuser says she’s "getting death threats and I’m getting ripped apart”
In a discussion led by Rose McGowan, eight women described the consequences for coming forward. “I’m getting all this free hate every single day, by telling the truth that he’s actually admitted to,” says Rebecca Corry, one of Louis CK’s accusers.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Has Louis CK’s sexual harassment scandal ruined the self-referential comedy genre?
Louis CK's Louie influenced a wide range of shows, including Marc Maron’s Maron, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi and Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite. “CK’s downfall has brought the meta sitcom’s dark side into hard contrast,” says Stuart Heritage. “If you’re making a show about your life, and you’re willing to throw a few self-deprecating bones to the crowd here and there, you can use it as a shield to hide all your worst impulses. The audience will assume honesty in what it watches, because self-referential comedy relies on the perception of honesty to function. And now the trust is eroded, so the form has to work harder to win us over.”
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 5:56PM EST
Kevin Hart is the latest comedian to host SNL with a “tone deaf” monologue
Hart’s monologue was slammed as sexist for reinforcing dated gender roles, which some found odd days after he admitted cheating on his pregnant wife. “The routine adds one more problematic routine to SNL's ever-growing pile of tone-deaf performances,” says Malcolm Venable, pointing to Louis CK joking about child molestation in April and Larry David’s monologue about picking up women in a concentration camp from November.