Yesterday’s Louis CK bombshell from the New York Times really wasn’t all that explosive. The rumors have been around for years. Like in 2015, when the Daily Beast interviewed Aziz Ansari. In case you don’t know who he is, here’s a gif:
Aziz is a pretty “woke” comedian, and is super serious about sexual harassment. Except when he isn’t.
“[I did] a bit during my Madison Square Garden special where I’d talk about women getting followed home by creepy dudes, and I’d ask during the bit, ‘Raise your hands if you’re a woman and you’ve been followed home,’ and everyone would raise their hand. And then all the other women would look around and go, ‘What the fuck?!’ Then, I’d ask all the guys if they expected all the women to raise their hands, and none of them really did. They couldn’t believe it,” he told me.
He continued: “I thought it was interesting that this is happening, yet so many people are unaware of it. And the problem is people aren’t talking about it. What I’ve learned, as a guy, is to just ask women questions and listen to what they have to say. Go to your group of female friends and ask them about times they’ve experienced sexism at their job, and you’ll get blown away by the things they tell you. You’ll think, ‘What the fuck? This is way darker than anything I’d imagined.’”
Ok, well in that case, Aziz would obviously have something to say about his sometimes mentor Louis CK. Who pulled out his dinkle to tug on himself in women’s presence. Blocking them from leaving. So they could see the climax of his show. Right?
“I’m not talking about that,” Ansari brusquely replied.
It’s like this interview happened specifically so that I’d have a prime example of why so many of us have a problem with sanctimonious celebrities. Aziz, besides being painfully unfunny to the point where it’s criminal, wants to lecture the rest of us on how to treat women. Yet when he had a chance to actually help women, like calling out another comedian who was getting trigger happy in front of them, he’s all like, “Hey, look at that obvious distraction.”
I’m happy this stuff is coming to the surface now. Celebrities who want to claim the high road when they’ve ignored what’s been happening for so long? They can stick it.