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Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. has hit another roadblock in his attempted comeback following his admission to a slew of sexual misconduct allegations in 2017. After a bootleg recording of the comedian’s latest stand-up routine leaked online late Sunday, some critics are saying he’s gone too far.
In one clip circulating on Twitter, C.K. laments a younger generation that has become politically active in recent years. The comedian poked fun at the concept of gender identity before weighing in on the recent wave of teenagers who survived a school shooting and then became involved in politics.
“You should be crazy! You should be unhinged,” C.K. said of his wishes for young people. “Not in a suit saying, ‘I’m here to tell…’ F**k you!
“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot,” he added. “Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting?”
Listen to the leaked audio below:
Imagine thinking the best way to resurrect your career after admitting to sexual misconduct is to mock trans people and Parkland gun violence survivors. pic.twitter.com/SH7wDYe7kA
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 31, 2018
“You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I’ve got to listen to you talking?” he said at the end of the clip.
C.K.’s brand of comedy has long been irreverent and offensive, but his new material is drawing harsh condemnation from some. Earlier reports of his new routine were mocked as an apparent attempt to garner sympathy for his financial situation after allegations of sexual misconduct against him came to light.
The leaked jokes were widely criticized on Twitter:
If this really is Louis CK "joking" about the Parkland students…well, I didn't know why he was "back," but he should never be back again. https://t.co/t0ZEEn6XXi
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) December 31, 2018
I’m generally a believer in second chances for those who make amends for their wrongs. I don’t know that Louis C.K. ever made amends, regardless he’s spent all the chances I’ll ever give him. https://t.co/zrHsaToLf3
— Moe Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) December 31, 2018
at 1:28 he goes after kids who survived school shootings. incredible bit. very funny. this will really play at the next cpac. https://t.co/h6g2BWGZ6q
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 31, 2018
I'm not one of those cool people who never thought he was funny (I thought he was brilliant) but I'm done with him forever. which is actually super easy because I'm literally never going to run out of other forms of entertainment. https://t.co/MxjfaI8kvl
— Frank Cifaldi @ GDC (@frankcifaldi) December 31, 2018
But in addition to drawing condemnation from a larger audience on Twitter, C.K. received some feedback from the very people he was mocking. A number of students from Parkland and members of the March for Our Lives commented on the comic’s new bit, and they aren’t laughing.
“He must be really intimidated by us kids,” Sofie Whitney wrote.
The only thing funny about this man is that he thought saying any of that was a good idea.
He must be really intimidated by us kids. https://t.co/FHwtJkNtE9
— Sofie Whitney (@sofiewhitney) December 31, 2018
“We’ve worked with plenty of comedians who have talked about us in a genuine, hilarious way,” March for Our Lives co-founder Delaney Tarr tweeted. “This is just being a dick.”
We’ve worked with plenty of comedians who have talked about us in a genuine, hilarious way.
This is just being a dick. https://t.co/fDVLHACZZT
— Delaney Tarr (@delaneytarr) December 31, 2018
Fred Guttenberg, who’s 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, was killed in the shooting, challenged C.K. to come to his home and try to tell his new jokes.
To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don't you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes? https://t.co/tZI9ThSciR
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 31, 2018
Outside of a small number of stand-up sets, C.K. has remained largely out of the public eye since admitting to misconduct in 2017. But his latest attempt at a comeback seems to be backfiring spectacularly.