News Round-Up: Louis C.K. Had A Well-Deserved, Incredibly Shitty Weekend
Last week, the long whispered rumors about Louis C.K. became undeniable truth when five women came forward to share their stories, pushing the acclaimed comedian to finally confess. The NYT article caused a domino effect, and here’s all the news you may have missed about C.K.’s career falling to pieces.
And Courtney broke down how C.K.’s so-called “apology” actually revealed a crucial part of his M.O. as a sexual predator. (Pajiba)
Reporter Liz Shannon Miller entreats us to understand that C.K. didn’t just harass women, he silenced them. She writes, “Today, women are speaking, and being listened to. The next step is acknowledging the tremendous price that they have paid, year after year, as a result of this treatment.” (IndieWire)
Notably, I Love You, Daddy stars C.K. as a man debating the whole “you can’t judge the art by the artist” argument in a story where his young daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) is being romanced/groomed by an old, esteemed director (John Malkovich). Though the movie’s not opening, you can bet there will be think pieces about whether this was meant as a confession, absolution, or excuse, because Orchard cancelled the film’s release AFTER For Your Consideration screeners went out to critics.
Bad timing screener arrival! pic.twitter.com/LzKjrmqGmU— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) November 10, 2017
Full Disclosure: I haven’t watched it (yet?), as I spent the weekend bingeing Alias Grace, which felt appropriate.
In local news, the Quad Cinema cancelled its weekend plans over the C.K. scandal.
In light of recent events and after careful consideration, the Quad team has decided to cancel this weekend's program of double features curated by Louis C.K.— Quad Cinema (@QuadCinema) November 10, 2017
HBO has pulled C.K.’s works from their streaming service (NYT)
Netflix killed his next comedy special. (HuffPo)
FX has barred him from Baskets, One Mississippi and Better Things, on which he served as an executive producer. (Slant)
Spoke to someone at FX about #BetterThings and its future, considering Louis CK condemnations and Pamela Adlon: "I hope people don't give him more credit than he deserves on that show. That's *her* show… It would be so goddamn insulting."— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) November 10, 2017
Pamela Adlon, friend of C.K., co-star of Louie, co-creator of Better Things, gave a statement Friday night. (EW)
“Hi. I’m here. I have to say something. It’s so important. My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able.”
The end of his work with FX also meant the death of an upcoming show The Cops, which would have starred trans actress Jen Richards as a trans character. (Vulture)
Welp. I guess I can say this now: I was one of the stars of 'The Cops'. There was going to be an animated trans character, voiced by a trans actress, on network television. The consequences of these actions go far. https://t.co/J8fEg5HuDY— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) November 11, 2017
Reporter Megan Koester shared how trying to break the C.K. story nearly killed her career, giving a harrowing account that reveals part of why these stories have so long been hidden. (Vice)
Comedian Rebecca Corry appeared on Good Morning America to bring her story of C.K.’s abusive behavior to a wider audience:
C.K.’s publicist Lewis Kay had told the NYT, “Louis is not going to answer any questions.” Now he’s no longer working with the comedian.
As of today, I no longer represent Louis C.K.— Lewis Kay (@lewiskay) November 10, 2017
C.K. was dropped by the management company 3 Arts, which employs Dave Becky, who the NYT piece suggests pressured victims of the comedian to stay quiet. Becky is also the manager of the likes of Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, and Amy Poehler. (THR)
C.K. has also been cut loose from The Secret Life of Pets 2, in which he was set to reprise his role as the neurotic Jack Russell terrier, Max. It’s unknown if the film will recast or cut Max from its premise altogether. (Variety)
He has also been dropped by his touring agency, APA, which means no more sold-out stadium shows in the foreseeable future. This Forbes article does a rundown on all the losses of income this scandal has already cost the comedian.
C.K. joined the rancid ranks of Harvey Weinstein, Mark Halperin, James Toback, and Brett Ratner, all of whom have been accused of masturbating in front of a woman without consent. CNN breaks down why they might have done it. (CNN)
On his WTF Podcast, Marc Maron also distanced himself from Louis C.K., and took some responsibility for not speaking out sooner:
“Sadly, I knew what most people knew: There was a story out there. And I would ask him about it. I would say, ‘This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that? Is that true?’He goes, ‘No, it’s not true. It’s not real. It’s a rumor.’ And I would say, ‘Well, are you going to address it somehow? Handle it? Get out from under it whenever it shows up?’ ‘No I can’t, I can’t do that. I can’t give it life, give it air.’ That was the conversation.
“So I believed my friend. It’s just the environment that enabled the dismissiveness of it. How do I put this? The work environment, the social environment makes it difficult for people to come forward and be heard, to be listened to, to be believed, and for action to be taken around that,” Maron continues. “It is pushed aside, it is dismissed, it is framed as an annoyance or an embarrassment, it is used against people, it is used as a threat, that is the structure that exists in life.”
Meanwhile Louis C.K.’s admitted idol, Woody Allen, who has been accused by his daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was a child, has Wonder Wheel opening next month. It stars Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, and seems to be facing no stigma going into awards’ season. (Vox)
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