Louis C.K. Withdraws From Washington Gig Amid Protests
Comedian Louis C.K. has dropped out of his role as host of the upcoming Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents dinner, with his agent claiming C.K. “just didn’t want to do it anymore.” But his withdrawal follows a threatened boycott by Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, who called C.K. a “pig” who denigrates women.
To prove her point, Van Susteren cited C.K.’s repeated use of the word “cunt”, and highlighted several exaggerated descriptions of violence in his act. But all of the examples involved C.K.’s comments about Gov. Sarah Palin; and coming from a Fox News anchor, the complaints got a decidedly partisan feel.
Supporters of C.K. fired back that Susteren has made no such observations about misogyny and violence towards liberal women, an especially relevant issue in light of the recent controversy over Rush Limbaugh‘s comments about Sandra Fluke.
But opponents of the choice of C.K. existed all across the political spectrum. Feminist site Jezebel acknowledged that the comedian “says an awful lot of terrible shit about women.” And Christine Pelosi, Democratic activist and daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), tweeted “Good that Louis C.K. out of DC Media Dinner … now DC media should lift up #women as guests & hosts.”
The Radio & Television Correspondents Association intentionally chose an edgier figure than has appeared at Washington functions in recent years- and got more than they bargained for. When the choice was announced in December, the chairman of the RTCA told Politico, “The fact that we got Louis C.K. is just a pretty good thing… It gives the dinner a bit of an edge, shakes it up a little, which is what we wanted to do.
Shaken, indeed. What do you think? Were C.K.’s comments out of line?