Recently, stand-up comedian Louis C.K. returned to New York comedy club, the Comedy Cellar after nine months of being disgraced in the comedy/entertainment community due to sexual misconduct being brought to light in the wake of the #MeToo movement. I think what C.K. did was completely disgusting and unacceptable, but should that moronic behavior bar him from the opportunity to reflect on an awful mistake and emerge a better person? This was certainly an intense, controversial topic of discussion on social media.
Many celebrities voiced their opinion on the matter on Twitter and Instagram including “Saturday Night Live” cast member Michael Che on one side of the argument, and comedian Kathy Griffin on the other. Che made a statement saying he doesn’t know any of the accusers, but that everyone should have a chance to speak freely and make a living for themselves. Meanwhile, Kathy Griffin took to Twitter to point out that there are tons of talented, up-and-coming comics trying to get just a few minutes in the spotlight, and Louis C.K. gets to walk right back up on stage, taking that opportunity away from them.
It’s times like this when you take a step back and realize what a huge impact social media has had and the voice it’s given to so many people. Before the likes of Twitter, Instagram, etc., the public outcry over a controversy like this simply wouldn’t be heard. Whatever you might think of the Louis C.K. situation, we’re all empowered by the tiny devices in our pockets to speak publicly and demand change whenever necessary.
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