Let’s hold the ‘huz­zahs’ for Louis C.K.

He sounds more like he’s play­ing the role of Re­morse­ful Guy.

Star Tribune - - OPINION EXCHANGE - By HEIDI STEVENS • Chicago Tri­bune (TNS)

He didn’t call the women liars, which makes him no­table in the long lineup of prom­i­nent men ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct or as­sault in the last six weeks.

Be­yond that, Louis C.K.’s re­sponse to Thurs­day’s New York Times story, in which mul­ti­ple women ac­cuse the ac­tor of mas­tur­bat­ing in front of them, isn’t worth the ticker-tape pa­rade some folks ap­pear to be or­ga­niz­ing.

“These sto­ries are true,” he wrote. “At the time, I said to my­self that what I did was OK be­cause I never showed a woman my [pe­nis] with­out ask­ing first, which is also true.

“But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over an­other per­son, ask­ing them to look at your [pe­nis] isn’t a ques­tion. It’s a predica­ment for them.”

A predica­ment is when your babysit­ter can­cels at the last minute. Watch­ing a man you hardly know plea­sure him­self — with no idea what he plans to do next — is more like a night­mare.

Se­man­tics, sure. But when you cou­ple it with the next part of his state­ment, he sounds more like an ac­tor play­ing the role of Re­morse­ful Guy.

He’s still on­stage. The women are his ex­tras or, even fur­ther re­moved, his au­di­ence.

“The power I had over these women is that they ad­mired me,” he wrote. “And I wielded that power ir­re­spon­si­bly. I have been re­morse­ful of my ac­tions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from Louis C.K.


them. Now I’m aware of the ex­tent of the im­pact of my ac­tions. I learned yes­ter­day the ex­tent to which I left these women who ad­mired me feel­ing badly about them­selves and cau­tious around other men who would never have put them in that po­si­tion.”

I left these women who ad­mired me feel­ing badly about them­selves?

This is where I want to pull ol’ Louis aside back­stage and whis­per:

You’re the di­min­ished one here.

You’re the one who has now joined the dis­graced ranks of Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey We­in­stein and pro­ducer Brett Rat­ner and film­maker James To­back and Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore and the rest of the co­terie of men ac­cused of al­low­ing their toxic hunger for dom­i­nance and plea­sure to cloud their abil­ity to see women and girls as fully hu­man.

You’re pre­tend­ing that a New York Times story made you see the light. (“I learned yes­ter­day.”) You could have looked in the eyes of those women you cor­nered and learned — ac­tu­ally learned — years ago.

In­stead, I might point out, you waited for pub­lic re­buke and a hit to your bot­tom line, which makes you even less be­liev­able in the role of Re­morse­ful Guy.

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