[UPDATE] November 14, 2017 09.40 a.m. EST: Since the first wave of celebrities began speaking out against Louis C.K. in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations (see original story below), more comedians — including Marc Maron and Bill Burr — have also shared their reactions.
Marc Maron, Comedian & Close Friend
On the November 13 episode of his podcast WTF, Marc Maron detailed his conversation with C.K. about the blind items that detailed his misconduct: “Sadly, I knew what most people knew: There was a story out there, I guess going back several years, there were unnamed people in the story, it took place in a hotel room in Aspen. It was always out there, but then it would pick up momentum at different times,” Maron said. “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.”
The problem, according to Maron, was that there was or is no place women can go to report their mistreatment and that some men lack the empathy required to believe them.
“So when it comes to believing women, I want to believe women, but in this particular instance, there was no one named in that [Louis C.K. blind item], there was no place for women to go tell this story, there were no women attached to it. I didn’t know their names until Friday,” Maron said. “So I believed my friend. It’s just that the environment 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. 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.”
Bill Burr, Comedian
Meanwhile, comedian Bill Burr added his reaction to the ring on the latest edition of his The Monday Morning Podcast. “…It’s such a crazy time right now. I love Louis C.K. and that was really, obviously, just a hard fucking thing to see happen to somebody, and he was definitely 100 percent wrong,” he said. “I’ll just say this, he was 100% wrong, he did own up to it, and I think he will definitely be back. I also know a couple of the women who he did this shit to and just feel bad for everybody this is fucking terrible.”
In the full (and controversial) segment, which you can watch below, Burr goes on to talk about the “witch hunt for Louis C.K.’s dick” in the aftermath of the allegations, defend his manager Dave Becky, and rant about the many times he’s experienced sexual misconduct.
Jon Stewart, Comedian
On the Today show, Stewart said that he was “shocked,” saying “You give your friends the benefit of the doubt. I tried to think about it in terms of, I’ve had friends who have had compulsions and have done things: gambling or drinking or drugs. And we’ve lost some of them. Some of them have died. You always find yourself back to a moment of, ‘Did I miss something? Could I have done more?’ And in this situation, I think we all could have. So you feel anger at what you did to people.”
The former Daily Show host continued, “Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women. The idea that there was this added layer of pressure and manipulation and fear and humiliation… I think its a question of, we’re used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women, they’re in a very difficult position, and you get mad at yourself, too, for laughing it off or for thinking, ‘That didn’t happen.’ And it’s hard.”
Read the original story, including the reactions of other comedians, below.
Twitter blew up last night after The New York Times published a story detailing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against comedian Louis C.K.
The article featured detailed accounts from five women: Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corry, and an anonymous fifth source, all of whom allege that C.K. asked to, or actually masturbated in front of them.
Louis C.K. is just the latest celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct after the high profile allegations against Harvey Weinstein were revealed. Other names include Jeremy Piven and Brett Ratner.
See how celebrities reacted to the news below.
The creator of Parks and Recreation shared his regret with working with the comedian
Author Roxane Gay and Mara Wilson weren’t surprised
Friends of Louie C.K. distanced themselves
Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham pointed out the career ramifications for those affected
While others shared stories of being silenced surrounding the rumors
And more applauded the bravery of the women who came forward and the journalists who broke the story
If you have been sexually assaulted, there are resources to help you.
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