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Louis CK mocks Parkland survivors, gender identity in leaked stand up audio

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Louis C.K. is once again the subject of criticism after audio leaked from a recent stand-up set, the latest entry in his highly controversial return to stand up comedy, which he began less than one year after admitting to sexual misconduct. As Variety reports, the original, since-deleted audio on YouTube was described as being recorded at Louis’s December 16, 2018 set at Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown, NY. Comedy writer Jack Allison tweeted a two-minute clip from the recording, which you can listen to below. In it, Louis mocks survivors of the school shooting at Parkland, FL’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, saying, “you’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? How does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way. Now I gotta listen to you talking?” In another part of the clip, Louis goes after the usage of gender neutral pronouns, saying, “they tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as they them because I identify as gender neutral. You should address me as there because I identify as a location and the location is your mother’s cunt.'”

Variety reports that outside the two-minute clip posted to Twitter, Louis “also riffed at length about ‘retarded’ people, the difference in penis size among black, white and Asian men, and he used a gay slur in referring to his doctor as ‘an old f—— Jewish f–.’ As the set continues, C.K. acknowledges that some of his comments will provoke controversy but he stresses he has little to lose. ‘What are you going to do, take away my birthday? My life is over. I don’t give a s—,’ he said.”

Earlier this month, Louis C.K. came under fire for a resurfaced 2011 clip from HBO’s “Talking Funny” where he repeatedly uses the n-word while in conversation with Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld has spoken about Louis’s return to stand-up; when asked by the New York Times if it’s too soon for him to be performing again, Seinfeld responded, “no. It’s the way he did it that I think people didn’t like.”

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