Louis CK made headlines last night when leaked audio came out of a recent stand up appearance. The bit included jokes about the Parkland shooting survivors and how they have spoken out against gun violence following the Feb. 14 incident that left 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students dead.
The bit began with Louis discussing how kids these days are "boring" and touched on gender identification before going into the bit about Parkland students.
“They testify in front of Congress, these kids, what the fuck? What are you doing? You're not interesting," said Louis. "Cause you went to a high school where kids got shot, why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way and now I gotta listen to you talking?”
Imagine thinking the best way to resurrect your career after admitting to sexual misconduct is to mock trans people and Parkland gun violence survivors. pic.twitter.com/SH7wDYe7kA— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 31, 2018
The bit drew the ire of many, while some defended the routine as being fair game because nothing is off limits in the world of stand up comedy.
Independent wrestler Erick Stevens (Eric Koenreich) fell on the side of the former, taking to social media to blast Louis for his comments.
Man FUCK Louis CK— Eric (@ericispbic) December 31, 2018
And that's when Seth Rollins jumped in.
Nooooo cmon dawg.— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) December 31, 2018
The new leaked bit is funny. Just like all his other stand up in the past.— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) December 31, 2018
Out of curiosity what’s different this time around for you? He’s always made highly “offensive” jokes, even going as far as to use slurs in some bits.— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) December 31, 2018
Rollins' comments drew heat from WWE fans, who believe "this ain't it" in regards to Rollins defending the routine.
Parkland shooting survivors Kyra Parrow and Aalayah Eastmond, as well Fred Guttenberg, the father of Parkland victim Jaime, did not find humor in Louis' bit.
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. https://t.co/Hx5cGoxOPn— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) December 31, 2018
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?— Aalayah Eastmond (@AalayahEastmond) December 31, 2018
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? https://t.co/tZI9ThSciR— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 31, 2018
Other survivors and parents spoke out against Louis. You can read their comments (via The Daily Beast) here.