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Well, folks, it turns out there’s more to Norm MacDonald than just live-tweeting play-by-play updates of whatever sporting event he happens to be watching at the moment.
It seems he also has other interests, such as pissing off the entirety of Twitter and torpedoing his own career.
Despite the fact that his post-SNL television career has consisted of one flop after another, Norm is giving TV another shot with a new Netflix talk show.
And apparently, he’s dying to keep his cancelation streak going because dude just shot himself in the foot about a dozen times in a single interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Norm was asked a series of softball questions with very easy answers and he managed to strike out on each one.
Asked about the #MeToo movement, MacDonald had this to say:
“I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit. It used to be, ‘One hundred women can’t be lying.’
“And then it became, ‘One woman can’t lie.’ And that became, ‘I believe all women.’ And then you’re like, ‘What?’ Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.”
As you may recall, Hardwick was accused of abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.
Though no one really knows what went on in that relationship aside from those two, old Norm decided to take that leap for reasons that defy logic.
From there, Norm expressed some concerns about the perceived excesses of #MeToo:
“I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That’s my guess,” he said.
That led to a lengthy discussion of Roseanne Barr’s racism and Louis C.K.’s habit of masturbating in front of unsuspecting women.
“And Roseanne was so broken up [after her show’s reboot was canceled] that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly,” MacDonald said.
“There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’
“But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.”
Yep. He went there.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that in no way did Louis C.K. or Roseanne lose everything.
In fact, they both enjoy lives of almost unimaginable wealth and privilege.
Comedians like to think of themselves as some sort of secret society that’s too dark and impenetrable for the rest of the world to ever understand, so Norm probably equates their inability to continue performing with death, or some such pretentious BS.
You’d think if MacDonald really feels that strongly about practicing his craft he’d be more careful about not stepping on landmines the week that his new show premieres.
But who knows, maybe this is some sort of Andy Kaufman-esque performance art piece and the whole world is too dumb to realize Norm’s not just being an assh-le.
We kid, Norm is definitely just being an assh-le.
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In November of 2017, the #MeToo movement was still in its infancy, and many had yet to fully grasp the severity of the abuses of power that led so many women in Hollywood to band together.
These days, Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby — both of whom had reputations for predatory behavior long before they were finally held responsible for their actions — are both facing jail time while perpetrators of less appalling misconduct are prematurely seeking a path to redemption.
Louis C.K. falls into the latter category.
While whispers about the comic’s predatory behavior were not as widespread as in the cases of Weinstein or Cosby, many within the industry were sadly not surprised to learn that C.K. was in the habit of masturbating in front of female comics.
Often, the women accompanied C.K. to a private location after an industry event, under the impression that he intended to offer them career advice — a tactic that’s not unfamiliar to many of Weinstein’s victims.
On at least one occasion, C.K. blocked the exit to prevent his victim from escaping.
We can discuss C.K.’s behavior without using the “alleged” qualifier, as the comic has confessed the accounts of the five women who came forward are accurate.
Needless to say, that’s the sort of conduct that typically brings an end to one’s career in the public eye — which is why so many were stunned to learn that C.K. made a surprise return to the world of standup last night.
C.K. took the stage at New York’s famed Comedy Cellar last night, performing a short set that focused on observations on day-to-day life and kept a safe distance from social commentary.
In an interview with the New York Times, club owner Noan Dworman defended his decision to spring C.K. on the audience with a surprise performance:
“It sounded just like he was trying to work out some new material, almost like any time of the last 10 years he would come in at the beginning of a new act,” Dworman.
He added that the unannounced show was “typical Louis CK stuff” with jokes about racism, waitresses’ tips and the absurdity parades.
“It was very ordinary for him,” Dworman added.
He also noted that C.K. received “sustained applause” from the audience.
“It was a good reception. He went through an everyday list of jokes.”
On social media, the consensus is that it’s much too soon for C.K. to attempt a comeback and it was in poor taste to make his return in front of an audience that wasn’t expecting him.
However, a handful of comics who regard C.K. as a mentor have defended the decision:
“Will take heat for this, but people have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives,” tweeted Michael Ian Black.
“I don’t know if it’s been long enough, or his career will recover, or if people will have him back, but I’m happy to see him try.”
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