(Sing to the mournful tune of the “Louis” theme music:) Louie Louie Louie! Louie Louie Louie! Louie Louie Louie! Louie you’re gonna cry.
We’re in full-throttle Elul now, simply weeks earlier than the Excessive Holidays start in earnest, and yet one more man has introduced that the time has come to forgive him. It’s been fewer than 9 months since comic Louis C.Ok. admitted to sexually harassing five women, and he’s apparently completed dwelling in shame and ready to return to his position as mega-millionaire prophet and consecrated comedy king, preaching from such levels as Madison Sq. Gardens, HBO, Netflix, and Saturday Evening Stay.
C.Ok. carried out at his outdated hang-out, Greenwich Village’s Comedy Cellar, on Sunday night time. It was his first known public performance since he admitted to repeated cases of sexual misconduct in an announcement on November 10, 2017. Stated Noam Dworman, the membership’s longtime proprietor, of the comic’s comeback, “I didn’t assume it was going to occur as quickly because it did.”
C.Ok.’s mea culpa got here in response to accusations leveled against him by five women within the New York Instances in November. The dates vary from 2002 to 2005. “These tales are true,” C.Ok. stated within the assertion. But rumors about this actual habits by C.Ok. have circulated since as early because the incidents themselves. One month earlier than the Instances article (additionally, notably, earlier than reporting on Harvey Weinstein launched the #MeToo motion,) a author for the Instances asked C.K. concerning the tales of his alleged sexual misconduct. “They’re rumors, that’s all that’s,” he stated.
Can we forgive an individual who dedicated serial sexual misconduct? And if we do permit an individual to do teshuva — to repent and return — how lengthy ought to they spend in exile first?
Effectively, let’s take a look at the numbers.
5 is the variety of girls who accused Louis C.Ok. of sexual misconduct.
15 are the years that glided by between Louis C.Ok.’s first recognized incident of sexual misconduct and the day he admitted it.
5 is the variety of seasons of his eponymous TV present Louis CK wrote, produced, and starred in throughout that point. 61 is the variety of episodes. 7 is the variety of standup specials he shot throughout that point. 4 is the variety of instances he hosted “Saturday Evening Stay.”
$5 million is the quantity paid for the distribution rights for “I Love You Daddy,” C.Ok.’s movie about sexual energy dynamics that includes jokes about masturbating in entrance of others, which was by no means launched resulting from his scandal.
In 2009, C.Ok. despatched a personal apology message to Abby Schachner, one of many victims of his misconduct. That was 6 years after the incident during which he used a enterprise telephone name with Schachner as a possibility to masturbate and describe his sexual fantasies.
If C.Ok. desires to see a timeline for his personal rehabilitation, he ought to try the timeline he created for his personal profession. He gave himself three years for cases of sexual misconduct, and one and a half a long time for concealing his secret whereas rising his profession.
Within the nearly 9 months allotted for his penance, his daughters haven’t even gone up one grade.