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If only it hadn’t been so predictable. Louis CK, who in 2017 confirmed sexual misconduct allegations by five different women, won a Grammy on Sunday night for Best Comedy Album. The nomination for Sincerely, Louis CK was his first since his accusers came forward.
This year’s Grammys already felt a little cursed. Kanye was banned from performing; The Weeknd boycotts; Drake withdrew his nominations; and in addition to CK, Marilyn Manson and Dr. Luke both received nods.
After that Oscar slap, get ready for the nightmarish Grammys
When contacted by The Wrap to comment on the controversy surrounding these nominations, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. said, “We will not limit who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal records, we won’t look at anything but legality in our rules of, is this record for this job eligible based on date and other criteria. If so, they can submit for consideration.
“What we will control are our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets,” Mason continued. “We will consider everyone who asks to be part of this, asks to be present, and we will make our decisions at that time. But we’re not going to stop people from submitting their work to our constituents to decide.
In the fall of 2017, embarrassing and long-simmering rumors about the comedian’s behavior culminated in a devastating report by the New York Times. Comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corey and a fifth unnamed source told the Times that the comedian, an influential and powerful figure in their orbit, had masturbated in front of them without their consent. CK responded with a lengthy statement in which he admitted the allegations were true.
“At the time, I thought to myself that what I did was OK because I had never shown my cock to a woman without asking first,” the comedian said. “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at their dick is not a question. It is a difficult situation for them.
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“There’s nothing about it that I forgive myself for,” CK added. “And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them… The hardest regret to live with is what you did to hurt someone else. And I can barely comprehend the extent of the wounds I inflicted on them.
The comedian ended his statement by vowing to “step back and take a lot of time to listen.” Nine months later, he was back at the Comedy Cellar. He continued to pander to the far right by making anti-trans remarks and mocking Parkland survivors. He’s since turned the accusations against him into a joke (“I like to jerk off and I don’t like to be alone”), performed a distinctly shameless set at Madison Square Garden, and released a special that tells us , above all, that cancel culture is a lie.
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