People Bemoan the Loss of Louis C.K. Without Speaking of His Victims
Comedians and fans alike speak often of his absence in the comedy world. But we need to put the focus back on the talented comedians that he scared away from the industry.
Louis C.K. effectively became a tastemaker in comedy in the 2000s. He has become a touchstone for many comedians, a comedian's comedian. With a successful TV show and many sold-out Madison Square Garden shows, C.K. was beloved by many. And fans, both famous and not, have bemoaned his absence from public life since public accusations of sexual misconduct around him surfaced in 2017. Much less attention has been devoted to his victims, despite the fact that C.K. has admitted the allegations are true. Five different women accused him of sexual misconduct, over a period of time that stretches back more than 15 years. Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, and Rebecca Corry are just a few of the female comedians who alleged that C.K. masturbated in front of them. Most of the women were early in their careers, and some were so spooked by his behavior that they felt they did not have a place in the comedy world. “Because of this moment, as gross as it is, we feel compelled to speak," Goodman said. Many other women did not come forward for fear of professional reprisals.