It’s been awhile since we heard the faintest peep regarding serial masturbating menace Louis C.K., and it almost seemed like he was about to disappear into the annals of #MeToo history. His only real recent defender was Dave Chappelle, which was a real grain-of-salt endorsement, considering his iffy thoughts about Bill Cosby. At the time of the allegations (and subsequent confirmation), Louis’ old pal Sarah Silverman admitted she was “very angry” but also asked: “Can you love someone who did bad things?” Sarah recently spoke to GQ about her friend Louis, and it would appear she’s found the answer to her question.
GQ asked Sarah if she’s spoken to Louis recently and she has. She said it’s all very complicated, adding that she couldn’t not speak to him. Although she will say that she doesn’t have an eloquent way to express her feelings on the matter. When asked if she hopes Louis is able to come back, she said yes, because he’s talented, he apologized, and he’s her “brother.” Although no offense to Louis, but “he ain’t heavy” doesn’t really apply here.
“I think that there are people who were caught and there were people who were not caught, but the important thing is that they are forever changed. And if that’s the case, I don’t see any reason why they can’t continue being artists. Now, whether they’re popular artists or not is up to the audience. I have compassion. There are people that just deny everything they’re accused of and they continue to be the politicians or the filmmakers that they are. And there are people that come and say, I’m guilty of these things, and I’m wrong, and I want to be changed from this. And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. He’s my brother, so it’s hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I’m trying to…People are very sure about what is right and wrong until it comes to their front door.”
Sarah also spoke about the allegations against her friends Aziz Ansari and former Senator Al Franken. Of Aziz, she says: “I was just like, gross, I don’t wanna know that about Aziz! Hopefully he’s dealing with things, looking inward, and will blossom from it.” As for Al Franken, she describes him as having “no sexuality” and that she fully believes he never touched anyone inappropriately. So basically, Sarah is that loyal friend who always has a $20 to loan you and will never have an excuse when you ask her to help you move.
Sarah doesn’t speak for all female comedians, so it’s not like her endorsement will be guaranteed to have Louis C.K. back on television this fall or anything. But it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. Clearly some people are willing to forgive him. Just like how I’m sure some people still get the creeps from him. I just hope that if Louis gets welcomed back to TV, he makes the transition back much less icky by demanding that none of his scenes be shot at a desk without both of his hands completely visible.