When Louis C.K. had finished his SNL monologue, there were still many people lining up on both sides of the fence.
KTLA Channel 5 is reporting that Louis C.K. puts his own deft spin on his monologue on the 40th season finale of Saturday Night Live. Louis C.K.’s monologue ranged all over, from poverty, to broken homes and finally ending with child molesters. Coming from his critically acclaimed show Louie on FX, doing SNL on the season finale could feel like going back to when he was touring as a stand-up comic exclusively.
The nine-minute monologue included Louis C.K. reflecting on how he grew up in the 1970’s, back to a time when he says racist language bothered very few people, with Louis C.K. saying he still harbors a “mild racism” to this day. The monologue was fairly well-received, until he began talking about living in the same neighborhood with a child molester.
In the monologue, Louis C.K. wondered about the plight of the child molester. “Child molesters are very tenacious people. From their point of view, it must be amazing to risk so much!”
At this point, the audience audibly groaned and were visibly shocked at the comment. Louis C.K. had to know the audience would react this way.
According to the Guardian, Louis C.K. went one step further, stating how he loved Mars bars and how teenage boys must be even tastier. At this point, the groans became silenced by disbelief. Even Louis C.K. acknowledged he has stepped over the line, telling the audience, “This is probably my last show.” His monologue ended with his version of a mea culpa, “There, we got through it.” Louis C.K,, for those who are unfamiliar with the comedian, often steps over the line, or more specifically, leaps with total abandon over the line to elicit responses from the audience.
This is not the first time SNL, and NBC for that matter, ran in a controversial guest. Martin Lawrence’s monologue when he guest hosted played just that one time and was never seen again. Andrew Dice Clay did a couple of skits, complete with profanity, that got him excluded from the show. And, there was the Sinead O’Conner incident, where she sang Bob Marley’s War, and while singing the word “evil,” tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II, flung the pieces at the camera and said, “Fight the real enemy.”
There are some that think pushing the envelope is healthy for discourse and diatribe. There are those who disagree. Either way, people are still discussing it after the incident is over. And, for a television show, that’s great, free advertising.
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