During an opening monologue of her Hulu show, I love you, America, Sarah Silverman decided to address “the elephant masturbating in the room” as she called it, to which she was talking about Louis C.K.
Just last week, in the ever draining Hollywood swamp, some women stepped forward and accused the longtime funny man of essentially “making” them watch him play with himself — in some cases even if they didn’t really want to.
Louie C.K. released a statement seemingly the same day which he said he did it. He says that he learned later in life that it’s not really OK and that he never did it without asking first.
So he and Silverman have been friends for decades and she released this video, and while visibly distraught, spoke about the matter. She didn’t want to make excuses for him or bring up “what a good day he is” — saying that none of that mattered right now.
As reported by Daily Mail:
Silverman began by saying that the calling out of sexual assault – ‘which happens in bakeries too, it’s just not getting written up in the New York Times’ – was a good thing.
‘It’s like cutting out tumors,’ she said, ‘it’s messy and it’s complicated and it is going to hurt. But it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it.
‘And it sucks, and some of our heroes will be taken down down, and we will discover bad things about people we like, or in some cases, people we love.’
She swallowed hard before continuing: ‘Let’s just say it, I’m talking about Louie.’
Silverman, who has been friends with the comic for more than 25 years and has appeared on his HBO show as herself, said she had been asked to comment on the incidents.
‘I really, really, really don’t want to. I wish I could sit this one out,’ she said.
‘But then I remembered something I said on this very show: That if it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.’
Silverman admitted that C.K. ‘wielded his power’ over female comedians in ‘f**ked up ways… sometimes to the point that they left comedy’.
‘I could couch this with heartwarming stories of our friendship and what a great dad he is, but that’s totally irrelevant, isn’t it?’ she asked, rhetorically.
‘Yes, it is. It’s a real mindf**k because I… I love Louie.’