‘Louie’: Attempted Rape and Awful Questions

Louis C.K. did terrible grabbing, pushing, forced kissing and more to a lady on his teevee program “Louie” and everyone was freaked out. He tried to drag her into a bedroom and it was disturbing and I can’t watch the whole clip all at once because it makes me feel weird inside in an uncomfortable fashion, and not just because fanfuckingtastic Pamela Adlon was the voice of my beloved Bobby on “King of the Hill.” Jezebel has a good thing about it that you can read and ponder.

I do not like seeing this Comedy Hero pretend-attempt to rape a lady, which is probably good, because if I were into that sort of thing, I should probably be in even more therapy. Anyway, I think “Louie” starts important conversations on important things, and it’s the closest thing we presently have to the socially conscious sitcoms of the ’70s and early ’80s (and also “Roseanne,” thank you very much) and that is why we’re talking about it right now.

I think what he’s trying to do is show that what we consider “rape” isn’t always the most insanely violent thing (although he gets violent here), and that guys who think they are good dudes can in fact sexually assault a lady without hitting her with a weapon or tying her up, and this raises all kinds of questions about what makes a good person a good person, and a bad person a bad person. Can people still sympathize with this character after he does such a terrible thing? And if so, what does that say about the audience?

It is also very strange to watch someone play an exaggerated version of himself on television, and for said exaggerated person to attempt to commit a sexual assault. Of course Louis C.K. knows exactly what he is doing, and his intent was clearly to disturb our notion of what his character is and also what the show itself is. I think. Maybe. I’m not sure.

I need a cup of soothing herbal tea.

Anyway, you can watch the video here. We didn’t embed it because YouTube won’t let us, so the Jazzyballs girls can be our source. Here are a few upsetting screengrabs for you in case you are afraid to watch the video (we do not blame you!)

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'Louie': Attempted Rape and Awful Questions

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  • BMW

    Maybe he was tired of having the only show on the FX channel that didn’t have a terrible person as its main character?

    • sarabenincasa

      He was like, “Fargo’s Martin Freeman character is kicking my ass.”

      • marindenver

        Well in defense of Martin Freeman’s character, you gotta be pretty bad-ass to try and keep up with Lorne Malvo. But thinking about it, except for the chief of police, everyone who’s been knocked off has pretty much asked for it. ;-)I have never watched a moment of Louis CK and never intend to so have no comment on this episode which sounds, well, pretty fucking disgusting.

        • BMW

          Keri Russell could kick all they asses.

        • MichaelG

          Not sure about that – Martin Freeman’s wife wasn’t very nice, but that’s not exactly “asking for it.” The supermarket king’s idiot son wasn’t a bad person either.

          • marindenver

            My comments should generally be taken with a liberal helping of snark. ;-)

  • Armchair Designer

    It seems pretty clear to me Louis C.K’s “Louie” character is not meant to be seen as a role model, and more like a mixed bag of feces and virtues, meant to provoke and question.From that view, job well done : any useful representation of rape(-ish) behavior should be somewhat uncomfortable for the audience, with enough empathy for all (yurk, but yes) protagonists to be of any value besides shock. Now, some are miffed over this episode, seemingly because it robbed them of their ability to find Louie sympathetic, and they blame Louis C.K for their disappointment. To those I’d say : this show probably never was for you.

  • Haven’t seen this episode yet, but I also had some “feelings” about the previous one where he accidentally belted the model, also about his putting words (that might be his projections rather than her feelings) into a fat waitress’ mouth. I remember seeing Swimming to Cambodia onstage — in parts — eons ago. Spaulding Gray talked a lot about screwing Thai whores and how it was part of their culture. Afterwards I decided to accept that this was Spaulding Gray — a character — talking, and not the author because otherwise I’d have to deal with not liking Spaulding Gray. It’s tough. Artists need to tell the truth as they know it, but sometimes their truth isn’t ours and does not make them likeable.

  • Terry

    It was supposed to be “ugh” inducing. In the comedy routine right before, he talked about what men can do to women then they showed it clearly. The point was that even generally decent men can fall that way.