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Comedian Louis CK mocks the survivors of Parkland school shooting

A two-minute audio tape has emerged in which Louis CK also attacks the use of gender-neutral pronouns

Louis CK has returned to the stage less than a year after admitting to a number of acts of sexual misconduct 
Louis CK has returned to the stage less than a year after admitting to a number of acts of sexual misconduct 

An audio tape has emerged in which disgraced comedian Louis CK appears to mock the survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

In the two-minute clip, which is believed to have been recorded earlier this month, CK lambasts the pupils of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who have campaigned for tougher gun laws after 17 of their peers and staff members were killed by a gunman in February.

“They testified in front of Congress, these kids? What are you doing? You’re young, you should be crazy. You should be unhinged. Not in a suit, saying ‘I’m here to tell…’ [Expletive] you,” says CK.

“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I’ve got to listen to you talking?”

Earlier in the clip, CK also performed a routine about what he calls “the younger generation”, describing them as “boring” and then tackling the subject of gender-neutral pronouns.

“I’m a little disappointed in the younger generation, honestly,” says CK. “I’m 51 years old, and when I was, like, 18, in my twenties, we were idiots...

“Older people were like, ‘You gotta get your [expletive] together and we were like, ‘Yeah, [expletive] you!’ So I was excited to be in my fifties and [to] see people in their twenties and be like, ‘You’re crazy! These kids are nuts.’ But they’re not. They’re boring, saying, ‘You shouldn’t say that!’ What are you? An old lady? What the [expletive] are you doing?”

CK then dismisses the notion of using gender-neutral pronouns. “They [young people] are like royalty,” he says. “They tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as they/them. Because I identity as gender-neutral.’ Oh, okay.”

Last year, CK admitted to a number of acts of sexual misconduct and promised to step away from comedy. “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,” he said in a statement at the time.

In August, less than 10 months later, he appeared on stage again.


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Updated: December 31, 2018 12:10 PM