How Louis C.K. Positioned Himself As A Champion Of Feminism

By Kate Feldman
New York Daily News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As columnist Kate Feldman points out, there were plenty of signs that Louis C.K.’s behavior was disturbing.

New York Daily News

Louis C.K. appears to have been saying the quiet part out loud for years.

The comedian, who was accused of masturbating in front of five women in a New York Times article Thursday, has long been lauded as an advocate of women’s rights, the one comic who understood the opposite sex.

His jokes, which initially seemed as a takedown of men, look different in light of the new allegations.

In a 2013 comedy special praised as brave and self-aware, C.K. joked about the danger men pose to women simply by existing.

“A woman saying yes to a date with a man is literally insane and ill-advised, and the whole species’ existence counts on them doing it. I don’t know how women still go out with guys when you consider the fact that there’s no greater threat to women than men,” he said in “Oh My God.”

“We’re the No. 1 threat to women! Globally and historically, we’re the No. 1 cause of injury and mayhem to women.

We’re the worst thing that ever happens to them. You know what our No. 1 threat is? Heart disease. That’s it. Just our own heart going, ‘Dude, I can’t keep doing this. I told you three strokes ago that this is not smart.’

“But women still go out with men! ‘Yeah, I’ll go out with you, alone, at night.’ What are you, nuts? ‘Hi, where are we going?’ To your death, statistically. If you’re a guy, try to imagine that you could only date a half-bear, half-lion. Like, ‘ugh, I hope this one’s nice.”

A year earlier, he tweeted at Daniel Tosh to tell him that his “show makes me laugh every time I watch it.” At the same time, Tosh was facing backlash for making rape jokes during a stand-up show at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.

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