It was so easy to feel the enlightened rage against these famous jerks being outed for sexual harassment and erotica-idiocy. But then I’m banged by the alarm bell in my biasphere. Louis CK, one of my all-time favorite comedians alongside Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Lord Buckley and Chris Rock; OK – and Colbert Report-era Colbert and John Stewart.
I like a lot of Kevin Spacey’s work and Weinstein was a hero for independent film. But Louis CK was a guy whose work I always wanted to have around. Unfortunately his predatory assholery isn’t erased by his self-reflection and sincere apology accompanied by recognition of the specific actions that demanded the apology. For those he harmed, the destruction of his career is far more medicinal. But the rarity of self-reflection truly does merit some consideration when you factor in the harm done in the absence of self-reflection. That applies to all of us, particularly self-aggrandizing politicians and high court justices.
LCK’s quick but way too late graphic expression of accountability, totally lacking in excuses and diversionary sidebars (Spacey’s coming out as gay) was far more honest and trustfully delivered. It did stand him apart from the others. The other assholes.
And he didn’t coral women in his private quarters or physically force himself. Although, power is a form of psychic force.
But, dude – inviting someone to waste half her day shlepping over to your joint to watch you jerk off and then shlep back to whatever is salvagable from her day? That counts as an intimate sexual encounter or just a shared bada-boom?
In his recent stand-up repertoire he went into this stuff at length except for one detail. If he’d mentioned his own behavior specifically and then closed with the statement he issued to the press the other day –he might still have a career and maybe even a reputation as a decent but flawed homo sapiens.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his victims and to him. Weinstein, Cosby, Spacey, Moore and all the others who are shaking behind the curtain awaiting their call – enjoy the future. I’m sure there are houseplants out there that would be honored to wear your jiz.
Polar Levine, News Goo Dissection, November 11, 2017
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