I was too busy being brutally murdered in Mortal Kombat (because I suck at that game), so I had no idea Louis C.K. hosted last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. So imagine my surprise when I woke up to this:
Host Louis C.K. is no stranger to edgy comedy — as seen on his critically acclaimed FX series “Louie” — and his nine-minute monologue shocked some on social media.
The comedian remarked on his experiences growing up in the 1970s, first pointing out that no one was offended by racist language at that time (and admitting to his “mild racism” today). Then he got a few groans from the audience once he started delving into the topic of child molesters.
He said that the child molester living down the street was not a big deal to most people at the time.
“Child molesters are very tenacious people,” he noted, pointing out the fate of those who are caught doing it.
“From their point of view, it must be amazing to risk so much!”
Many in the audience sounded shocked by this point in the monologue and he was aware that the joke didn’t go over well.
Fair enough. Let us see the offensive opening monologue:
By far the best part is this:
Yes, the joke is outrageous. Yes, it is provocative. However, it is funny.
It is funny because we all know what Louis said was somewhat true. That is the best part of about great humor. It forces us to look at things we would rather ignore by making light of them.
More so, this is what Louis C.K. does. This is what he is known for. SNL did not bring him back for a third time with no knowledge of the kind of humor he deals in. Ricky Gervais received a similar reaction when hosting the Golden Globes three years in a row. This is what these comedians do. Why is anyone surprised?
That said, at the very least one can say that as a society we have progressed enough in our views about sexual violence against boys that we now consider joking about it taboo.