On her Hulu show “I Love You, America” on Thursday, comedian Sarah Silverman bluntly asked: “Can you love someone who did bad things?”
She was speaking of Louis C.K., a fellow comedian who last week confirmed allegations of sexual misconduct in a statement saying, “These stories are true.” His remarks came in response to a New York Times story in which five women accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior, often in the form of him masturbating in front of them without their consent.
After the revelations became public, Silverman’s sister, Laura Silverman, took to Twitter and accused C.K. of masturbating in front of her “about 20 times” on a cross-country road trip “before he was famous.” She wrote that it was “Not criminal. But compulsive, rude & gross.”
Silverman did not address her sister’s accusations in her monologue. But she did compare the torrent of accusations of sexual abuse coming to light to “cutting out tumors.”
“It’s messy and it’s complicated and it is going to hurt,” Silverman said. “But it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it.” Along the way, she added, “some of our heroes will be taken down, and we will discover bad things about people we like, or in some cases, people we love.”
For her, that person was C.K. The two have been friends and colleagues for decades. Silverman even appeared several times on C.K.’s FX show, “Louie.”
“One of my best friends of over 25 years, Louis C.K., masturbated in front of women. He wielded his power with women” in messed up ways, “sometimes to the point where they left comedy entirely,” Silverman said. “I could couch this with heartwarming stories of our friendship and what a great dad he is, but that’s totally irrelevant, isn’t it? Yes, it is.”
“I love Louie,” she continued. “But Louie did these things. Both of those statements are true.”
She questioned if she can still love her friend, knowing what he’s done, but she said that thought can wait.
“I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims,” Silverman said. “They are victims, and they’re victims because of something he did.”
“I hope it’s okay if I am at once very angry for the women he wronged and the culture that enabled it and also sad because he’s my friend,” she concluded. “I believe with all my heart that this moment in time is essential. It’s vital that people are held accountable for their actions no matter who they are. We need to be better. We will be better.”Read More...
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