2018 isn't done with us just yet because Louis C.K. has made his way back into headlines for all the wrong reasons... again.
A leaked audio snippet of one of his recent comedy sets has revealed the embattled comedian ripping into modern teens for suggesting gender-neutral pronouns and even chiding the Parkland school shooting survivors for launching their political movement in the wake of the massacre that claimed 17 lives in Florida earlier this year.
Per The Daily Beast, the leaked audio was recorded on Dec. 16. In the recording, Louis C.K. can be heard lamenting that today's youth aren't as "crazy" and "unhinged" as he was when he was young. "I'm a little disappointed in the younger generation, honestly, because I'm 51 years old, and when I was like 18 years old and in my 20s, we were idiots. We were getting high, doing f---ing mushrooms and sh--, and older people were like, you gotta get your sh-- together. And we were like 'Yeah, f--- you!'" he said, adding that he himself was excited to be on the other end of that argument once he reached middle age. "I was kind of excited to be in my 50s and see people in their 20s and be like, 'They're crazy. These kids are nuts!' But they're not. ... These kids are eeeeh. They're just boring. ... 'You shouldn't say that.' What are you an old lady?"
i mean he's like a RW comic now. hes milo pic.twitter.com/QYOGI7TrGa— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) December 31, 2018
But it wasn't Louis C.K.'s whole "kids get off my lawn"-style bit that landed him in hot water online; it's what he said next, ranting about his annoyance with PC terminology, that drew criticism for transphobia.
"They're like royalty. They tell you what to call them," the comic said, mocking the same teens. "'You should address me as they/them because I identify as gender-neutral.' Ah, okay. Okay. 'You should address me as 'there' because I identify as a location, and the location is your mother's c--t.'"
He then went on to chastise those survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, who've become vocal advocates for gun sense laws across the nation, including organizing and headlining the March for Our Lives movement that swept the country this spring.
"They testify in front of Congress, what are they doing? You're young, you should be crazy, unhinged. Not in a suit saying 'I'm here to tell you...'" Louis C.K. said. "F--- you. You're not interesting 'cause you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? How does that make you interesting? You didn't get shot. You pushed some fat kid out of the way. Now, I gotta listen to you talking?"
Why, yes. Yes, you do.
In fact, let's highlight some of the things the Parkland survivors and their families had to say to Louis C.K. after hearing his "joke" about them.
Delaney Tarr, one of the most outspoken survivors, responded on Twitter, saying, "We've worked with plenty of comedians who have talked about us in a genuine, hilarious way. This is just being a dick." Meanwhile, Aalayah Eastmond, who testified before the Senate about her experience in the shooting, referenced the sexual misconduct C.K. has admitted to, writing, "Hey Louis CK - since you like making fun of me and other Parkland survivors behind closed doors, I'm right here if you want to talk. Just try to keep it in your pants, ok?"
Another survivor, Kyra Parrow, added that Louis C.K. should consider himself lucky to have been grown up in a generation that didn't face the type of cyclical gun violence that today's youth are exposed to, writing, "Louis C.K, although taking jello shots & eating mushrooms might have been ideal for you when you were 18, that is not the luxury that we have after having to see our friends and classmates in caskets because of preventable gun violence."
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was one of the fatalities in the Parkland shooting, wrote in response to the audio, "To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don't you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?"
Not all of the Parkland survivors were offended by C.K.'s jokes. Cameron Kasky, for one, wrote that "Comedy is supposed to be offensive. My feelings have no place in it." He went on to add, however, that he wasn't impressed with his comedy style of late. "To the 'he was never funny in the first place' crowd in these comments, his TV show Louis had several brilliantly written episodes that split my sides. Seems now like he's becoming more of a Milo-style provocateur as opposed to just a non-PC comedian."
C.K. has been making the comedy club rounds in recent months, trying to re-establish himself after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged, which he later confirmed, and it led to the cancellation of several of his most prominent gigs, including his TBS show The Cops and his planned Netflix stand-up special.
While confirming the accounts that he had masturbated in front of multiple women without their consent, Louis C.K. promised, "I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen."