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The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week: Louis C.K.

May 16, 2019 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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The 411mania Dumpster Fire of the Week

Hello, everyone, and welcome to The 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.

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So how many of you have “tweeted along with the cast” during a TV show? I’ve never done it (well, I’ve tried to tweet alongside everyone else during The Last Drive-In on Shudder but that’s not the same thing), but it must be popular since tons of shows do it. So if you do do it, what the hell are you supposed to talk about with the cast and crew? Do you talk about the show as it’s happening or do you end up talking about sports and politics and other shit?

Also, if and when you do this, who is more responsive/active on Twitter, the cast or the crew? I’d suspect the cast is more responsive since interacting with fans via social media is a way, in general, to keep in touch with fans and whatnot, but maybe the crew is more responsive? No one seems to know who TV directors are, so what better way to get to know them than talking with them on Twitter?

And what do advertisers think of this scheme? If you’re live tweeting with an episode writer for NBC’s Good Girls during a commercial break odds are you’re not watching/paying attention to the commercials. Isn’t that bad for the show and the network?

Maybe I’ll have to do this one time, just to see what it’s all about. What show should I do it with? A sitcom? A drama?

And now onto this week’s Dumpster Fire of the Week.

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This week, the 411 Dumpster Fire of the Week goes to disgraced actor, writer, director, and comedian Louis C.K., for his “I will sue you if you repeat any of my jokes” announcement before a multiple night stay at a comedy club in Minnesota. C.K., who admitted to masturbating in front of women and, recently, caused an uproar over jokes he told about the victims of school shootings, had the Acme Comedy C. club in Minneapolis post an announcement regarding not only recording his performance with a cell phone (you can’t), but audience members repeating anything that C.K. says during any of his performances at the club. Basically, according to the announcement, if you repeat anything C.K. says, he will sue you. It doesn’t have to be you recording his performance, it’s you remembering what he said and then repeating it.

What a bunch of shit. He’s going to sue someone for repeating a joke he told at one of his shows? He’s got a legal team in place that will scour the internets looking for any of the jokes he uses at one of these shows? Yeah, sure. C.K. probably has the time to do that every so often since he isn’t as in demand as he used to be, but does he have the money to keep a team in place to do it for him? And how many lawsuits does he plan on filing? Hundreds if necessary? Fucking ludicrous.

I mean, isn’t the YONDR pouch thing enough to keep people from “stealing” his material? And considering the situation he created for himself by masturbating in front of women and using his position as a famous comedian to do it, shouldn’t he be thankful that anyone shows up for one of his performances? Shouldn’t he be happy that some people think his material is worth listening to and remembering (what better form of advertising to get other people to come to one of his shows)? Of course he should. But then, since it’s been obvious since his “comeback” attempt at those comedy clubs on Long Island, C.K. hasn’t learned a fucking thing, this “I will sue you for stealing my jokes” position isn’t that surprising.

Louis C.K. still thinks he’s great and awesome and insightful and someone people should listen to. He doesn’t get that he used his position of power to destroy people’s lives and humiliate them just so he could get his sick rocks off. C.K. doesn’t get that he’s an out and out scumbag of the highest degree and he doesn’t deserve a comeback or audience adulation until he really apologizes for what he did. He doesn’t get to use his disgraceful and reprehensible behavior as a jumping off point for new material. Fuck that.

And fuck you, Louis C.K. Please go away and never come back. Please. You’re a terrible person. The world has enough of those in full view of everyone.

As for the people who decided to pay money to see this fucking asshole perform, what the hell is wrong with you? Why would you do that? Don’t you know/remember what he did? Why give him a platform for whatever it is he’s doing now?

And the Kennedy Center should be condemned for giving Dave Chappelle the Mark Twain humor prize since Chappelle attacked on of C.K.’s victims during a Netflix comedy special. That’s bullshit. I don’t give a fuck if C.K. is his friend. The award should be rescinded post haste. It won’t be, but it should.

What the hell is wrong with people?

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And now for this week’s honorable mentions…

-The states of Georgia and Alabama, for their recent state bills restricting/banning abortion. Yes, I know, it’s all about setting the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade (and that will likely happen since the right now has a full on majority), but why put people through the social upheaval that will no doubt happen when all of this shit goes down? Why is it necessary to do any of this? And will the Georgia business community really be down for this if the movie and TV companies actually leave because of this bullshit?

Medieval superstitious nonsense is medieval superstitious nonsense regardless of what book it comes from.

-Former pro basketball star and celebrity Dennis Rodman, for allegedly stealing a bunch of stuff from a Southern California yoga studio. Rodman, and the people who were with him at the time and also allegedly stole stuff, too, all claim that it’s a big misunderstanding (Rodman actually claims that the studio told him he could have the stuff) but the studio owners claim that they have everything on tape, including the theft of a big crystal. I know that Rodman isn’t the big hooha celebrity he used to be, but is this the kind of thing he thinks he needs to do to get back in the public eye? And who the hell tries to steal a big crystal? Jesus Christ.

-Actress Constance Wu, for her Twitter response to her ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat getting renewed for a sixth season. In short, she didn’t take it well. Wu eventually had to explain herself (she was upset that the show got renewed because the renewal prevents her from doing a movie or some bullshit like that) but, my God, what sort of actor goes on social media and essentially denigrates the show that allows her and oodles of other people involved in the production to be gainfully employed? People make mistakes, sure, but, shit, what’s wrong with having a job?

-Ultra-right wing personality Ben Shapiro, for his recent on camera meltdown during an interview with the BBC. Shapiro did eventually apologize for the meltdown and admitted that he didn’t prepare himself for the interview, but, my God, that interview is hard to watch. Let this incident be a lesson for everyone doing an interview with anyone: do your best to find out who the hell is interviewing you so you don’t do what Ben Shapiro did. He isn’t the only one who has had a meltdown during an interview, but, at the moment, he’s going to be the prime example of what not to do.

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