Fellow comedian Dave Chappelle defended him, collaborator Pamela Adlon said she was devastated and shocked by what he did and now Zach Galifianakis is saying he is grossed out by the actions of Louis C.K. In a recent Vulture interview, Zach talks about his reaction to, not only Louis’ actions in particular, but also to the “poison of celebrity culture” in general. Then he cried the actual tears of a clown.
Louis was an executive producer on Zach’s FX show Baskets in which he plays twin brothers Chip and Dale Baskets. Chip is an aspiring clown. Since his disgrace, FX has severed ties with Louis and he is no longer associated with the show. From the sound of things, that suits Zach just fine. Variety reports:
“It was so disruptive in a harmful way to so many people,” says Galifianakis when I ask him about the aftereffects of the comedy star’s sexual misconduct. “We just kind of put our heads down and worked on the new season.”
Things got weirdly dramatic from there.
Then he slumps forward in his chair, his head hanging. He’s closing his eyes tightly, as if to hold back tears. It’s the kind of gesture Galifianakis has so perfected as a part of his comedy that to see him doing it sincerely is disarming. After a long, tense pause, he says, in a shaky voice, “This is the poison of celebrity culture: The fact that someone can think that just because they’re loved, they can do what they want. It grosses me out.” He exhales. “That’s all I want to say.”
Zach is an odd duck. He’s the kind of dude that you’re never quite sure is being serious or fucking with you. I’m sure he’s being earnest here, but, it’s a bit much. Like is he an actual clown or is he just playing a clown? I like my clowns obvious so I can see them coming and run the other way. Clowns should be either untrustworthy circus folk or murderous spider monsters; I don’t trust the kind that read serious works of non-fiction (Zach’s currently reading Killers of the Flower Moon which is a great book but not for clowns). That said, Zach seems decent enough and funny. If he has a new vision for what a clown can be, I’m willing to give him a shot. But I’m still not willing to smell his lapel flower.