Louis CK, comedian, writer, produce and mentor to young male and female comedians, has also been a big jerk-off for a long time. This past week, accusers from past and near-present, told similar stories about Louis asking to masturbate in front of them. Louis rose to stardom as a stand-upcomecdian, from which he gained the power to help or hurt another performer’s career. Thus, several people, fearful of reprisals, stood silently for this treatment until this week, when’s Loius’ situation erupted.
Louis’s M.O. was common knowledge in the entertainment industry. There were intimations published in the last few years. Tig Notaro, a Louis protegé, beseeched him to come clean long before the story became news. Louis ignored the advce but often made reference to his issues in his stand-up sets. Writers are told to write what they know, and Louis heeded that. The story has been in his material for all to hear. Talking about masturbation to a full house is not the same as putting on show and tell for an audience of one.
Media and advertising businesses buy Louis’ services. After the Weinstein and Spacey scandals of the past couple of weeks, the industries had an Action Plan in place. Louis’ new film has been shelved, and his Netflix contract has been canceled. Don’t for a moment believe that the industry response was caused by sudden knowledge or lucidity. Show biz, like baseball, is morally relativistic. Louis CK was a moneymaker. Alas, he’s been felled by a single stroke.
CK also has a game plan compiled by avoiding the pratfalls of his predecessors.
- Bill Cosby, a pioneer in the field, and still the poster boy for miscreant behavior. Just because he wasn’t convicted (yet), doesn’t mean he’s innocent. Even worse, generations of kids saw him as a model parent.
- Harvey Weinsrein could not intimidate or buy his way out of trouble again. He’s accused of rape in addition to multiple incidents of assault. .He’ll never work in show business again, unless he gets to produce prison plays. Max Bialystock, move aside!
- Kevin Spacey denied having come on to a 14 year-old — but if it even happened he was drunk. Spacey by the way, acknowledged he was gay. Even my Dachshund knew that. Too like, too late. He got the Trotsky treatment, being airbrushed out of the J. Paul Getty biopic. House of Cards was shut down. Bryan Cranston says that Spacey’s career is over. Cranston’s on a PR feeding frenzy lately. Maybe Bryan wants to play President again and sees his chance to be the new Frank Underwood.. Power’s gone to his head.
- Anthony Weiner and Matthew Weiner, both accused of misconduct, might consider a name change. The optics, you know.
The big mistake these and other losers have made is that they claim innocence, then additional or new charges surface. Judge Roy Moore, categorically denies assaulting a fourteen yeas-old when he was an assistant district attorney in Elowah County, Alabama. Moore has been under invitation of ethical misconduct in the past. Moore was sanctioned for refusing to pull down a Ten Commandment monument he’d commissioned for his courthouse. Besides he will rely on the argument that the Mosaic Tablets says it’s a mortal sing to covet your neighbor’s wife and his ass It doesn’t comment on the neighbor’s daughter. The Alabama hound won’t hunt. Right now, he’s running for U.S. Senate, and he probably figures that he has nothing more to lose.
CK may end up OK, He went against the conventional wisdom by admitting his wrongdoing and the pain he’s inflicted . Keeping with his confessional style, he also discussed the ill effect of power on his behavior. He has taken a temporary vow of silence. He’s a talented writer and producer. He ha a reputation for being supportive of young talent. His rising tide has lifted many of their boats. CK is finished as a performer, but he may still find writing and producing work once he’s paid his dues.