By Hannah Sparks
Louis C.K.’s “Sorry” act is no laughing matter to some social media watchdogs.
The controversial comic is hyping a new comedy special — as many viewers learned this weekend over a commercial break during a very sparse episode of “Saturday Night Live” — due to the fresh COVID-19 outbreak in New York City.
The aptly titled show, “Sorry,” shot over the summer at Madison Square Garden, is the 54-year-old comedian’s first since he faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct in 2017. (The new special also has a foul-mouthed YouTube promo — but be warned the language is very raw.)
The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” played over the promo as he performed in front of a giant, lit sign that read, “SORRY.”
The special is available to stream for $10 — $25 to purchase via download — on C.K.’s website.
Meanwhile, many comedy fans argue that his return is a testament to the fact that “cancel culture isn’t real” as long as the accused lay low for long enough. As one suggested: “At MOST there seems to be a ‘hiatus culture’, where disgraced & disgusting men like Louis C.K. or Mel Gibson disappear for a short time, then pop right back up like nothing ever happened.”
Another pointed out that C.K. is already selling “Sorry” swag.
“So Louis C.K. has a new special out, Sorry, that he is selling online,” a Twitter critic wrote. “An ad ran during SNL… quit whining about cancel culture, because it’s a myth.”
Added another, “Ah I see the DASTARDLY cancel culture has struck again, forcing Louis C.K. to checks notes release a new special and be defended by the MAGA crowd.”
Viewers also called out NBC for selling the spot to “Sorry.”
One quipped, “I see cancel culture strikes again, forcing Louis C.K. to film another special and NBC to advertise it.”
Sarah Silverman encouraged Louis to play with his Pee Pee in public.
C.K. originally apologized for his misconduct in an open letter following the accusations. “These stories are true,” he wrote. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d- -k without asking first, which is also true.”
He continued, “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d- -k isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
However, in 2020, he released another stand-up special in which he made light of the allegations. He joked, “I like jerking off, I don’t like being alone, that’s all I can tell you. I get lonely, it’s just sad. I like company. I like to share. I’m good at it, too. If you’re good at juggling, you wouldn’t do it alone in the dark. You’d gather folks and amaze them.”
Source: New York Post
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