By Zion Loo
A month after the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment began last year, Comedian Louis Szekely, a Mexican American stand-up comedian (stage name: Louis CK) confirmed allegations of sexual harassment made by five women. “The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly,” he said in his statement, “I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions.” He took a long break from performing after that.
On August 26 of this year, he returned with an unscheduled comedy performance for the first time since then, taking many people by surprise. He was greeted with applause from the audience. It was fifteen minutes long at New York's Comedy Cellar without addressing the sexual misconduct he admitted to in any way during the performance which instead consisted of “typical Louis CK stuff” according to the owner of the Comedy Cellar club, Noam Dworman, who says he is hesitant to play judge and jury despite not condoning his actions and that he would just like to be a platform.
However, this didn’t go over well with everyone. CK’s return began a flood of opposing opinions and criticism on his social media, saying his return after less than ten months was too soon. People argue that he hasn’t been redeemed in any way. Besides taking time off, he really hasn’t suffered any consequences for his actions.