Louis CK jokes about child molesters on ‘SNL,’ things get uncomfortable

17 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Louis C.K. Did Some Jokes on SNL About Racism and Pedophilia.

Louis C.K. went there on Saturday Night Live. wrapped its 40th season with an old, reliable friend at the helm: Louis C.K. hosted the show for a third straight year, and, as usual, his monologue set a hard-to-match bar for the sketches that followed. During his monologue on this weekend’s Season 40 finale, the comedian talked about his “mild racism,” how his kids fight the same way as Palestine and Israel do and how child molesters are “very tenacious people.” He went on: “If someone said to me, you eat another Mounds Bar and go to jail everyone will hate you… I’d stop doing it. … There’s no worse life available to a human than being a caught child molestor … you could only really surmise that it must be really good … for them to risk so much.” Of course, some viewers voiced their disapproval of the bit on Twitter. The result was that the season finale of S.N.L.’s 40th season, opened with a speech filled with everything from the boundary-pushing comic’s own mild racism, to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and most eyebrow-raising, a comparison between his love of Mounds bars to pedophilia. This time around, C.K.’s opening set played with some bold, taboo material, with the comic riffing on his “mild” racism, the joys of pedophilia (“this is my last joke, probably”), and the uncanny similarities between his daughters’ rapport and Israel-Palestine relations.

In a bit about being raised in the ‘70s—“a very different time”—Louis C.K. riffs on his own (benevolent) racism and the neighborhood child molester. “It wasn’t a big deal, it wasn’t like, ‘We caught a child molester!’ It was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the house where the child molester lives. Mooney’s bizarre sketches don’t always make the live show, but it’s nice to see them live on as “digital exclusives.” While Bruce Chandling may be an acquired taste, his self-loathing and uncomfortable silences fit right in to C.K.’s brand of awkward comedy.

There’s already been some controversy about the bit, but really this is classic C.K.: a tad close to offensive, but uniquely hilarious in his ability to use suspect, seemingly reductive comparisons to belittle his own incompetence. Under that umbrella, the Louie star said, he responds differently to a black man wearing a hoodie and a white man wearing a hoodie. “I have mild racism,” he said. “It’s benign.

While SNL hasn’t officially commented on the alleged plagiarism, it’s hard not to see this as the show dismissing the claims as ridiculous — as ridiculous as Louis C.K. hiding under tables with a notebook.

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