Comedian Louis C.K., who was forced to withdraw from speaking at this month's Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner as a result of misogynistic comments about Sarah Palin and other women, made what many would find a racist remark on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday.
"When a black woman tells you to get a job...it just hurts more” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
In a discussion about the new season of C.K’s show on FX, Kimmel mentioned that in the second episode, a new character is introduced: Louie's black ex-wife.
“As far as her being black,” C.K. said, “she’s very different from my ex-wife in real life.”
“This woman,” he continued, “is harsher on the show. And she puts a lot of pressure on me. Like she’s a professional, and she wants me to kind of step up.”
“So there’s like a scene there later in the season where she’s, she’s trying to get me to get a real job,” said C.K. “And when a black woman tells you to get a job, it’s just more, ‘Get a job,’ it just hurts more.”
For those that have forgotten, C.K. came under pressure in March from conservative groups including the Media Research Center when it was announced he'd be speaking at the annual RTCA dinner.
NewsBusters publisher and MRC founder Brent Bozell observed at the time:
A couple of years ago, “comedian” Louis CK “joked” on the Opie and Anthony radio show about Palin coming to the Republican convention “holding a baby that just came out of her f-ing, disgusting [C-word], her f-ing retard-making [C-word]. I hate her more than anybody,” he said.
On Twitter, this “comedian” attacked Palin in 2011 as a “f—ing jackoff [C-word]-face jazzy wondergirl” who “has a family of Chinese poor people living in her [C-word] hole.”
Guess which event this same fellow is headlining in June? -- The Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner.
As a result of such pressure including from Fox News's Greta Van Susteren, C.K. eventually withdrew.
Will saying it's harder to be told by a black woman to get a job result in any further scrutiny on C.K.?
Well just imagine the kind of heat a conservative comedian or commentator would get for making such a remark, especially as the media do everything in their power to increase the sense of racism in this country ahead of November's presidential election.
— Noel Sheppard (@NoelSheppard) June 9, 2012