Louis C.K. is a brilliant comedian, talented writer, and the star of the best comedy series currently on television (FX's heartwarming Louie). He's also been called a "rape apologist," a title which he sarcastically accepts.
On Monday night's episode of The Daily Show (which DirecTV subscribers like myself were unfortunately unable to watch), C.K. brought up his defense of Daniel Tosh, a comedian who came under fire for making off-color rape jokes directed at a female audience member after she complained aloud about the content of his set.
C.K. had come under fire for a supportive tweet directed at Tosh after the controversy, which C.K. insisted was unrelated. "I was on vacation, I was in Vermont, just being in the green in America ... I was watching TV in a hotel room and Daniel Tosh's show came on, "Tosh.0," and it's making me laugh. And I wasn't reading the internet at the time, 'cause that's how I go on vacation ... I wrote a tweet to say your show makes me laugh. And then two days later I come home and I read, 'Louis CK defends Daniel Tosh amid rape joke controversy.' I had no idea he got in trouble for making some jokes about rape and I didn't know about it, so I'm a defender of rape ... I've been called a rape apologist."
Fans of C.K. will undoubtedly understand why that's so funny. His stand-up sets have occasionally explored the topic of rape, always sarcastically. His best? "You should never rape anyone. Unless they won't have sex with you."
It's all obviously tongue-in-cheek, but C.K. explained such dark humor on The Daily Show. "For me, any joke about anything bad is great. Any joke about rape, holocaust, the Mets, whatever ... but I've read some blogs during this whole thing that have enlightened me, that I didn't know. This woman said how rape is something that polices women's lives -- they can't go out late, they can't go to certain neighborhoods, they can't dress a certain way -- but I can still enjoy a good rape joke."
Watch C.K.'s Daily Show interview here. Louie's next episode (the absolutely phenomenal "Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 1") airs Thursday, July 19.