Comedian Janeane Garofalo believes Louis C.K. has paid his price in the #MeToo era.
“Leave Louis C.K. alone,” she exclaimed. “Enough with that. And again, there are so many issues we gotta be motivated on. He’s been my friend — and I stand by that — he’s been my friend since 1985, and I think he has suffered.”
“When he performs at the Comedy Cellar and people get all irate, if nothing else, care about his daughters,” Garofalo said. “If nothing else — if you can find no compassion for him, which I think you should — think about how his daughters, who hear all of this stuff, feel. Why don’t you leave him alone for them if you’re so women-empowering?”
Garofalo went on to lend her support to the #MeToo movement but expressed the importance of not turning it into a witch hunt.
“When it comes to the #MeToo movement, I think it’s okay to question the source,” Garofalo said. “It should transcend gender. It’s human rights. Cause if you don’t, anyone can be accused of anything at any time. And if you’re not allowed to question that — I can say right now ‘I’ve got pictures of you molesting a child. Don’t question me!’”
“You know what I mean? Don’t question the questioner! Then it’s a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode,” she continued. “And I think in any movement, for human rights, you’ve got to transcend gender, and you’ve got to consider who’s making the accusation and why and when, because it matters.”
Garofalo is prepared to face the heat for supporting C.K., but she does not care. “There’ll be nothing but vitriol coming at me about this.” She said people should move on from C.K. because he has “paid heavily, heavily, and his family has paid heavily.”
“You know what? If you don’t want to listen to him, get up and leave the room,” she concluded. “You are acting like Mussolini has walked into the room, and it is not. This is a human being.”