America Wants to be Angry: Louis C.K. On SNL
If you caught the comedians latest job as host of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, you probably caught the opening monologue, which has viewers up in arms because of his comments about religion and God. I don’t write stuff like this to take sides, but what I will say is, “Louis C.K. speaks his mind,” which is the beginning and end of my point.
Many viewers are angry about the joke C.K. made about God “being our father, and the possibility of having murdered our mother.” I think people really miss the point. The joke centers around why God could be a single Dad, which brings up the question, ‘What happened to Mom?’. That seems like a logical line of thought, that God would be a divorced, single Father (which is exactly what C.K. is), if you were offended that he would say, “Check the trunk of God’s car,” in search of our ‘Mother’ – Weren’t we created in God’s image? Isn’t that what we would do if someone’s mother went missing? Can you start to see what he’s trying to do?
Too many devout fans of C.K. will not stand idly by and let people criticize him for making jokes about these topics. Aren’t comedians supposed to make light of such topics. Stephen Colbert caught the brunt of criticisms for a tweet that he didn’t even write last week, now we should just cancel his show? The same thing happened to George Carlin in 1973, because a father couldn’t turn off the radio fast enough for his son to never have heard the seven words you can’t say on television. Calm the fuck down, America.
Yes Colbert dedicated an entire episode to addressing what happened because he, too didn’t feel like the tweet was appropriate. Is Louis C.K. going to apologize? Probably not, sorry your unsuspecting ears heard something you didn’t like. But aren’t comedians supposed to find the humor in subjects that are taboo and often misunderstood? That’s their job, if they backed down from a subject because of the opposition we’d be far less obsessed with comedy right now.
If ‘Americans’ consistently backed down from opposition, we run the risk of possibly speaking German right now… And Chinese later! People pushing back and asking you to look at a subject from a different perspective, that’s what we pay them to do, and they’re pretty fucking great at it. Louis C.K. and Stephen Colbert are not Vanilla, and they never will be.
Here’s the bottom line, if you don’t want to run the risk of being offended, don’t partake. Get out of the ‘pool’ and go enjoy something else. If you would like to partake in the content the FCC deemed proper for our airwaves (and remember C.K. had to rehearse that monologue) keep an open mind. If you object, get rid of your T.V. and don’t fuck it up for the rest of us. I’m offended that you’re offended, fair enough?
The only real appropriate ending to this would be to quote Voltaire, “I do not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Be offended – you have the right. But don’t be surprised at all when Louis C.K. chooses to spend his time raising his daughters like a responsible parent, instead of reading anything we’d choose to write about what happened last weekend.
[Editors note, Colbert does have a Ben and Jerry’s flavor, Ameri-cone Deam, and its delicious]