Louis C.K. Draws Outrage For Mocking Parkland Students in Audio of Controversial New Comedy Set


Louis C.K., who has been laying low since he was accused of sexual harassment and abuse in 2017, is drawing new fire for a controversial comedy set — audio of which was leaked online.

In the audio, from a recent set at Governor’s Club on Long Island, New York, Louis C.K. jokes about a series of controversial topics, from the Parkland shooting, to gender neutral language, to his own scandals.

On the Parkland shooting, where a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 14, Louis joked:

“Testify in front of Congress, these kids, what the fuck? What are you doing?” he asked. “You’re young, you should be crazy, you should be unhinged, not in a suit… you’re not interesting. Because you went to a high school where kids got shot? Why does that mean I have to listen to you?”

“You didn’t got shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I’ve gotta listen to you talking?”

Those jokes earned the disgraced comedian some scathing criticism from the survivors of the shooting:

Louis C.K. also joked about younger people calling for the use of certain pronouns.

“They’re like royalty!” C.K. exclaimed. “They tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as they/them, because I identify as gender-neutral.’ Oh, OK. You should address me as ‘there’ because I identify as a location. And the location is your mother’s cunt.”

The owner of the comedy club defended Louis C.K.’s set to Daily Beast reporter Kevin Fallon:

Others, including fellow comedians Judd Apatow and Andy Richter, were less sympathetic:

Some, however, defended the comedian, insisting the new material is just as edgy and funny as the comedy that made him a star.

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