Comedian Louis CK has backed out of hosting the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., to be held in June. No reason for the cancellation was given, but it came the day after Greta van Susteren of Fox News announced she would boycott the diner, and explained exactly why, reprinting a few of the comedian’s profanity-laced Sarah Palin tirades on her blog.
It continues to be a puzzling mystery how someone like Louis CK could have been invited to host this high-profile media shindig in the first place. Well, it’s “puzzling” if you think liberals mean a single word they said, during their latest attempt to muzzle Rush Limbaugh. Anyone who truly believes liberals are honestly concerned about the verbal mistreatment or intimidation of women must be terribly confused that people like Louis CK or Bill Maher, who routinely use far worse terms than “slut” to insult women they disagree with, are so eagerly embraced by liberals.
Or are we supposed to believe that the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association did not research Louis CK at all, before tapping him to host their event? It’s not as if he only made one or two objectionable comments in relative obscurity. On his way to appear with Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol on the Tonight Show in September, this “edgy” comic supposedly got drunk and filled Twitter with a number of hilarious “jokes” like this (asterisks NOT in the original, and even despite the edits, please consider this a severe content warning before reading further):
People think that sarah Palin is really mean but she has a family of chinese poor people living in her c**t hole. Sorry.
[in a message addressed to Sarah Palin personally] kudos to your dirty hole, you f***ing dirty j***off c**t-face jazzy wondergirl
Mediaite, which gushed that Louis CK is “one of the funniest comedians working today” and an “interesting man,” while bending over backward to praise his “typically thoughtful” show on the FX network, reports on a subsequent GQ interview where this interesting and thoughtful fellow declared he regretted nothing, and savaged Palin further by calling her a Nazi:
We sat there suspended for a moment in earnestness, looking at each other over the table like, Life, huh? It’s just a bunch of relentless punches to the junk. And then he added: ‘All that other s**t, though, saying Palin had a Chinese family in her vagina and whatever, I don’t regret that. It’s comedy. I have said many indefensible things onstage. It’s f***ing comedy. Plus, I do believe if she got elected, she’d really Hitler up the place.’
Long before the airborne Twitter incident, Louis CK was serving up his “comedy” stylings on the Opie & Anthony radio show, joking that Sarah Palin would arrive at the 2008 Republican National Convention “holding a baby that just came out of her f***ing, disgusting c**t, her f***ing retard-making c**t,” and adding “I hate her more than anybody.” And yet, he was tapped to host a major media event, and apparently withdrew on his own initiative after the heat was turned up.
Of course, those who understand this all about power, identity politics, and the suppression of dissent know that the only surprise in this whole affair has been the inability of the Left to exercise complete control over the media narrative.
Women like van Susteren and Michelle Malkin – whose “War on Conservative Women” column recounted some of the vile abuse she has been subjected to – are the unexpected complications liberals didn’t take into account, when they thought an opportunity to do some real damage to Rush Limbaugh presented itself. Writing at Red State last Friday, Lori Ziganto got “shake fisty” as she recalled some other pearls of liberal misogyny, dropped not by professional “comedians,” but by “serious” commentators, and even elected officials. There are few prominent conservative women who haven’t been called much worse than a “slut” by the contemptuous Left.
Surprised by the level of blowback, liberals have been reduced to offering a series of bizarre apologia for Bill Maher, explaining why his far more vicious rhetoric is no big deal, while Rush Limbaugh still needs to be forced off the air. The major talking points are that Maher’s language is acceptable because he’s a comedian, his audience is much smaller than Limbaugh’s, and the target of his slurs was a woman who held elected office.
Absolutely none of those talking points can be squared with President Obama’s claims that he got personally involved in the Sandra Fluke affair because he doesn’t want his daughters to worry about being called horrible names, should they choose to become involved in civic life. Are we supposed to believe Obama would be fine with his daughters being called “sluts,” and worse, because they stood for an election, or because their attacker claims to be a professional comedian? Of course not.
The Left’s defense of Maher makes it crystal clear that they don’t have absolute objections to the public deployment of ugly language against women. Their objections are more… nuanced. It matters who the speaker is. It matters who the targeted woman is. In other words, it’s all about politics, not principle. The outspoken conservative women of America have been doing an excellent job of making this point. Whoever does end up hosting the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner should congratulate them on their success.