This morning Jon Stewart sat down for a lovely little chitchat with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie over on TODAY. And since he’s a person of the comedian persuasion, he was asked for his thoughts on the Louis C.K. scandal. Luckily, Stewart approached the topic of his friend’s serial grossness toward women in comedy with the sensitivity and honesty we’ve come to expect from him.
(First though: REALLY Matt Lauer? “What was the impact on you when you heard” is how you wanna frame that question? Who gives a flying fuck what the “impact” was on a powerful dude in comedy who definitely never had to watch his colleague masturbate! Maybe stick to “What was your reaction” next time, eh?)
Jon was “stunned” and begins to frame the issue in terms of addiction and compulsion, asking himself if he missed something or could have done more and says that yes, they all could have done something. But he also says, “Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women” and proceeds to acknowledge the challenges women in the field have faced for decades — and that Louis C.K. wasn’t the only one making it worse for women.
And then he sort of references 30 Rock, and thinks better of it, and moves on. Which just makes me want to hear all the SNL dirt he probably has! Anyway, here are two clips of his reaction, thoughtfully posted to TODAY’s twitter account:
He says when he heard the rumors about Louis C.K. he did ask around, and was assured they weren’t true — though he acknowledges that taking someone’s word on an issue like that can be an error. Which in some ways is one of the bigger takeaways I hope these revelations leave us with. Look at who you choose to listen to and believe. And then go get the other perspective anyway.