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Louis C.K. and How Predators Victimize Themselves by Making Women Feel Sorry for Them
Most women have experienced some kind of male aggression. But male sadness and guilt-tripping, that we need to feel sorry for these humiliated dolts, somehow rendered harmless by this patheticness, is just as common. It’s the friend zone, it’s nice guy syndrome, it’s all of it. Female reactions to male embarrassment, the social drive to make men feel better, to excuse behaviors because we feel sorry for them, that can be weaponized against us and is. That’s what Louis C.K. did for years, only admitting it when he was caught and couldn’t get out of it.
louis-ck  sexual-assault  sexual-harassment  pajiba.com  courtney-enlow 
december 2018 by yolandaenoch
"We should rejoice — from now on it’s clear for everyone that producers no longer have the right to rape actresses."
"But there’s something that isn’t clear, and that we need to clarify quickly: Do we still have the right to have sex in exchange for roles? Because if we can’t do that anymore, we’ll have to learn lines and go to casting calls, and frankly we don’t have time."
-Blanche Gardin
ann-althouse  louis-ck 
november 2018 by actualitems
The Cultural Vandalism of Jeffrey Tambor
Tambor lost the power of illusion — the illusions he created with such painstaking care — and all you can see now are allegations that seem a lot more convincing than his vague apologies and promises to do better. Tambor is far from the first great popular artist something like this has happened to. He won’t be the last. And it’s not on us to either forgive him for it or try to factor it out as we watch his work.

That was never our job. It was part of his job. And he blew it.

Once you believe that a particular actor or filmmaker or screenwriter is a predator or abuser, you’re aware that the environment that produced your entertainment — the film set — was engaged in a conscious or reflexive cover-up, in the name of protecting an investment. You can’t be in love with it. You can’t really enjoy it in the most basic sense, not without playing dumb.

You didn’t do that to the artist. The artist did that to himself.

The emotional, physical, and financial damage that problematic artists inflict on people in their orbit should always be the first and main subject of discussion.

Nobody is stopping anyone from watching these works (though they’re no longer as easy to find, and you probably have to own a DVD player). We can still talk about them, study them, write about them, contextualize them. But the emotional connection has been severed.

It’s not incumbent upon the audience to pretend not to know unpleasant facts about the performer so that they can enjoy fiction. It’s incumbent upon the artist never to put the audience in that position in the first place.
jeffrey-tambor  sexual-harassment  harassment  arrested-development-tv  jessica-walter  vulture  matt-zoller-seitz  bill-cosby  louis-ck  woody-allen 
may 2018 by yolandaenoch
She created a document to warn women of sexual harassers. It’s haunted her ever since. - The Washington Post
“The past months, including the actions taken by Harper’s, have shown me how much risk all of us who used [the spreadsheet] took in trying to shield one another from harm,” Donegan told me.

“The choices that Harper’s made made it clear to me how much persistence and resolve will be required in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and dignity.”

And should you think for a moment that the #MeToo movement has gone too far, consider how quickly we’re hearing of comebacks by the likes of comic Louis C.K., NBC star Matt Lauer and celebrity chef Mario Batali.
moira-donegan  me-too  sexual-harassment  margaret-sullivan  washington-post  louis-ck  matt-lauer  mario-batali 
april 2018 by yolandaenoch
Dave Chappelle Didn’t Change with the Times—and That’s the Problem | GQ
From The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy to The Jeffersons and Eddie Murphy’s Raw, many (if not most) comedies recognized as iconic just would not be able to air in primetime today. And it’s not because we’ve collectively lost our sense of humor. The rules of comedy—particularly, the rules on where it’s socially acceptable to mine humor from and how to articulate that humor—have changed. And the best comedians, at least the truly transcendent male icons like Louis C.K. and even Rock (whose recent interviews and work suggest that his sensibilities have shifted to reflect our times and his circumstances), don’t just evolve with us. Like the best artists, they help to spearhead the evolution.

His focus on the horror of political correctness, instead, felt like something you’d expect to come from a megarich 43-year-old man from the outskirts of Ohio. Who, instead of evolving with the world, has remained stagnant and believes the world has gone mad while pining for time when things were simpler.
chris-rock  louis-ck  eddie-murphy  dave-chappelle  comedy  homophobia  progressive  lgbt-issues  transphobia  damon-young  gq 
march 2017 by yolandaenoch
In Conversation: Louis C.K.
You didn’t feel any compulsion to address the Gawker stuff? I’ve never seen you talk about it. Well, you can’t touch stuff like that. There’s one more thing I want to say about this, and it’s important: If you need your public profile to be all positive, you’re sick in the head. I do the work I do, and what happens next I can’t look after. So my thing is that I try to speak to the work whenever I can. Just to the work and not to my life. // But of course that’s my experience — because I’m a privileged white guy. As a white guy, things are pretty much always as I remember them being. I remember Venus and Serena Williams, they once said there’s a lot of racism on the tennis tour. And somebody asked Martina Hingis about it. She stuck her stupid face in it and said, “I haven’t seen any racism.” Well, you’re fucking Swiss!
louis-ck  samantha-bee  serena-williams  venus-williams  white-privilege  interview 
june 2016 by yolandaenoch

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