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Sarah Silverman is Done Talking About Louis CK, For Real This Time, Maybe

By Mike Redmond | Industry | October 23, 2018 |

By Mike Redmond | Industry | October 23, 2018 |


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To put this in the most objective terms possible, Sarah Silverman stepped in a massive pile of shit on Monday when she super stupidly revealed that Louis CK used to masturbate in front of her all the time when they were younger, which she completely consented to because it was “amazing.” Just incredibly helpful stuff that wasn’t so goddamn ridiculous that one of CK’s victim felt the need to break her silence on Twitter.

Oh, wait, that part did happen.

In her defense, Silverman apologized to Corry, but she also blamed the press for constantly asking her about CK. Which, I mean… okay, let’s take that at face value and assume that Sarah Silverman can’t or doesn’t want to set the terms of her interviews. Fair enough. But what she can do is respond to questions about Louis with something like, “Whoa, c’mon, I’m not touching that. You guys are killing me.”

Sarah Silverman does not do that. What she does do is spend 90 seconds both glowingly and critically talking about CK, which completely obfuscates her request to be “taken off the case.” Just say that instead of awkwardly trying to litigate a situation that you readily admit you’re way too close to and then retweeting veiled criticisms of the media coverage you know damn well was going to happen. But here’s the clip for you folks to parse for yourself because I’m not trying to beat a dead horse here, and I actually have a larger point to make. (I’m as shocked as you are.)

So let’s discuss the one person who is noticeably not talking about Louis CK: Louis fucking CK.

And I’m not talking about from the stage because, again, the guy has effectively proven that he’s a bullshit artist when it comes to his performance. So I’m not exactly champing at the bit to hear a meticulously honed bit about what he’s “learned.” But speaking of CK’s art telegraphing his life, years ago, he wrote an episode of Louie where he finally sat down with Dane Cook and aired their grievances over allegations that Cook stole jokes from CK. (You can watch the clip here.) Every single line was written by CK, and one of them included Cook addressing the fact that Louis never did anything to stop the people speaking for him by falsely accusing Cook of being a joke thief. CK just sat on his hands. Sound familiar?

You’ve got Sarah Silverman getting tossed (slash willingly jumping) into the meat grinder to defend CK while he remains silent. You’ve got Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman acting like CK’s publicist and doing the absolutely gross work of picking apart his victims’ stories on the Cellar’s podcast. Where is CK? Still sitting on his goddamn hands while others use his name.

If there was a time for Louis CK to prove that he learned something from his eight-month vacation, it passed the moment he let his victims get tossed even further under the bus just so he could put a mic in his hand. Which is a metaphor for this whole shit show, isn’t it?



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