Jul 14, 2014
‘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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