Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album, despite his admitted history for sexual misconduct and blackmail against female comedians, and social media is outraged.
“Louis CK just won a GRAMMY. “[C]ancel culture” seems pretty selective hm? And thanks so much to our industry for once again telling us that survivors don’t matter,” wrote Harvey Weinsten accuser Sarah Ann Masse.
C.K., 54, won the award for his comedy special “Sincerely,” which is the first album he’s released since admitting to sexual misconduct allegations in 2017’s #MeToo era. He took the trophy over top comedians Chelsea Handler and Kevin Hart, amongst others.
“I wasn’t surprised that Louis C.K. beat Chelsea Handler for the Grammy for best comedy album,” remarked comedian Steve Hofstetter. “Finishing in front of a woman without her consent is what he does.”
Several female comics came forward at the time with allegations that C.K. had locked them in his office and masturbated in their presence without their consent. His manager reportedly threatened their careers if they went public after the incidents.
“The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them,” C.K. said in a 2017 admission. “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”
His career effectively screeched to a halt, when he was dropped by the FX Network, Netflix, HBO, and his management team. C.K. has tried to make several comeback attempts that were unsuccessful until his recent special, which was recorded in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
In November, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said the awards show doesn’t take nominee’s “criminal record” or “history” into consideration when accepting artist submissions. “What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets,” he explained.
The controversial comedian was not at the Grammys, and the award was accepted by presenter LeVar Burton, but his win was still panned.
“Louis CK doesn’t get why people are so mad that he won a Grammy,” scoffed “NCIS” writer Nell Scovell. “He didn’t rape anyone. Which is why he’ll never win an Oscar.”