I’m willing to bet that’s the same face Norm Macdonald’s publicist made after seeing Norm question the #MeToo movement while defending Louis CK, Roseanne Barr, Chris Hardwick, and realizing they better clear their schedule. Norm gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter to promote his upcoming Netflix series, Norm Macdonald Has a Show, and he came through with the kind of opinions that got him booted from an appearance on The Tonight Show last night.
Norm began the interview by stating that he wasn’t aware of racism until he watched Sacha Baron Cohen’s show Who Is America?. That’s just the tip of it all. Norm, apparently having slowly turned into the real-life Turd Ferguson, then defended Chris Hardwick from the #MeToo movement, something he says he’s glad has quieted down a little since its inception last fall.
“I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit. It used to be, ‘One hundred women can’t be lying.’ And then it became, ‘One woman can’t lie.’ And that became, ‘I believe all women.’ And then you’re like, ‘What?’ Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.”
The Hollywood Reporter counter-pointed Norm by asking about people who have admitted they were guilty of wrongdoing. Norm feels bad for those people too.
“The model used to be: admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition and then we give you a second chance. Now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny…I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That’s my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to.”
Norm confirmed he was talking about his good friends Louis CK and Roseanne, who both fucked up and lost their respective TV shows. Norm says Louis and Roseanne have been through it, and that Roseanne was so upset after ABC cancelled her show that Louis CK called her up and gave her a shoulder to cry on. And Louis CK and Roseanne are the real victims here, according to Norm.
“Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.”
Norm added that Roseanne isn’t racist, just “crazy.” He also defended Jimmy Fallon’s goofy hair-ruffling of Trump on The Tonight Show. Which would have been good timing, considering that Norm was scheduled to make an appearance on The Tonight Show last night. But bad news for Norm, all the other dumb shit he said killed that opportunity. NBC released a statement not long after Norm’s interview started gaining traction on the internet, saying he wouldn’t be appearing on The Tonight Show as scheduled.
“Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald’s comments in the press today, The Tonight Show has decided to cancel his appearance on Tuesday’s telecast.”
Sorry Norm, no “Ew!” sketch for you. NBC obviously didn’t care that Norm had taken to Twitter to apologize after the internet slapped at him for the comments in his interview.
Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years. They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 11, 2018
Norm managed to make things worse for himself. TMZ says Norm appeared on The Howard Stern Show today, and he attempted to explain his #MeToo comments by saying “I’m a fucking dumb guy” and that he hates doing interviews. When Howard Stern explained that sexual assault is pretty damn serious, Norm agreed and said: “You’d have to have Down syndrome not to feel sorry” for victims of assault. He then added that “Down syndrome” is his new word. Please send a basket of Tylenol to Norm’s publicist, they’re going to need it.
Maybe Norm is just living the title of his film Dirty Work by doing the dirtiest work he can think of. Honestly, you’d probably have an easier time finding someone who’d scrub a bus station toilet with their own toothbrush. At least they’d end up with less stinky nuggets in their mouth than the kind that are coming out of Norm’s.