The SNL monologue was controversial from the start. Louis C.K. started out noting that he grew up in the 1970s, when racism was everywhere. So compared to others from that time, he only has “mild racism.”
“It’s the best I could do coming out of the ‘70s, because that was a very racist decade. People said racist things all the time and nobody got offended,” Louis C.K. said during his Saturday Night Live monologue. “The only time somebody got offended if you said something racist in the ‘70s is when they would say, ‘Hey! You interrupted me! I was saying something racist!”
So what is mild racism? According to Louis C.K., “If I go to a pizza place I’ve never been to before and it’s run by four black women, I’ll go, ‘Hmm.’ “It’s very mild.”
From there, Louis C.K. turned to politics. He said during his Saturday Night Live monologue that everything has changed since the 1970s, except the conflict in the Middle East. Israel and Palestine are constantly fighting, he said, just like his two kids. He then continued the analogy in a way some thought was offensive.
“My kids are like Israel and Palestine and I’m like America,” Louis C.K. added in his SNL monologue. “The little one’s like Palestine because she always gets screwed. She gets the worst deal. She’s like, ‘She threw a rock at my face’ and I’m like, ‘You’re fine. You have a great life. You have to take a rock to the face once in a while. You’re fine.’”
“The older one is like Israel,” he continued. “She comes up to me like, ‘She burnt all my dolls!’ I’m like, ‘Look, I can’t do anything about it right now. Your sister is crazy. Please don’t make me talk to her. I’ll work it out, you and me. I’ll buy you a really cool missile and whatever you do with it is totally up to you.”
But many thought Louis C.K. was really offensive when he riffed on the topic of child molesters during his Saturday Night Live monologue. He even compared a pedophile’s obsession with abusing children to his own obsession with Mounds candy bars.
“Child molesters are very tenacious people,” Louis C.K. said. “They love molesting childs. It’s crazy. It’s like their favorite thing. When you consider the risk of being a child molester — there is no worse life available to a human than being a caught child molester. And yet they still do it! Which you could only really surmise, that it must be really good.”
This last sentence drew shocked gasps from the SNL crowd. So Louis clarified that molestation is only “really good” from pedophiles’ point of view.
He then continued in his SNL monologue: “I love Mounds bars, it’s my favorite thing, but there’s a limit. I can’t even eat a Mounds bar and do something else at the same time. That’s how much I love them… and yet if somebody said to me ‘if you eat another Mounds bar, you’ll go to jail and everybody will hate you,’ I would stop eating them, because they do taste delicious, but they don’t taste as good as a young boy does, and shouldn’t, to a child molester.”
Not surprisingly, Louis C.K. took plenty of flack on social media for his SNL monologue. Many on Twitter slammed the child molestation and racism jokes in particular as offensive. It’s no wonder the comedian joked at the end of his set that he would never be invited back to the show again.
Sorry. Joking about child molestation is bad form. Very low moment for #LouisCK. 100% not funny in any form. 1 in 3 girls, 1 in 6 boys.
— Anthony Bradley (@drantbradley) May 17, 2015
— Chris Marshall (@ChrisMarshalltx) May 17, 2015
— M McV (@McVickerMaria) May 17, 2015
Others, however, appreciated Louis C.K.’s unique brand of comedy – including famed radio personality Gregg “Opie” Hughes. Ironically, Opie’s former radio partner Anthony Cumia was recently fired for his own offensive racist rant.
— opie radio (@OpieRadio) May 17, 2015
— Cameron Kok (@camkok1994) May 17, 2015
Louis CK is the only person on the planet who could get away with his SNL monologue from last night. And it was hilarious.
— Leigh A. Zinsmeister (@LeighAnneZin) May 17, 2015