Sarah Silverman has had a wild 24 hours after she made comments about Louis C.K. and his propensity to whip it out in front of female comedians. Silverman went on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show Monday morning and made shared that C.K. used to consensually masturbate in front of her.
The former Louie star admitted last November that the accusations of his sexual misconduct were true. While he confirmed the events described by five women and issued an apology, the statement left many critics wanting a better apology.
After the bombshell New York Times report, Silverman spoke about the misconduct on her Hulu show I Love You America, saying, “I love Louis. But Louis did these things. Both of those statements are true. So I just keep asking myself, ‘Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?’ I can mull that over later certainly because the only people that matter right now are the victims.”
Silverman might be done mulling because her comments on Howard Stern have caused instant pushback. “I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman began. “I’ve known Louis forever. I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘Fuck yeah I want to see that!’ … It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘Fucking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”
Actress and C.K. victim, Rebecca Corry, quickly tweeted about Silverman’s comments breaking down the realities of power dynamics in her own case.
To be real clear, CK had “nothing to offer me” as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harrass me. He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it. https://t.co/xrfI6HwXqx
— Rebecca Corry (@TheRebeccaCorry) October 22, 2018
Silverman responded to the tweet with an apology to Corry and blamed the press for hounding her to speak about her 25-year friendship with the sexual harasser.
Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 22, 2018
Corry replied to Silverman’s apology saying, “I’m sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this shit.”
Laura Silverman, the Wreck-It Ralph star’s sister, had tweeted last year that C.K. had masturbated in front of her. In response to Vice writer, Eve Peyser, she called the multiple acts, “not criminal. But compulsive, rude, & gross.”
After that, it’s was Louis C.K., on a cross country trip before he was famous. About 20 times. Not criminal. But compulsive, rude & gross.
— B Kavs’ Future Cauliflower Nose (@LauraJSilverman) November 9, 2017
C.K. has already found his way back onto comedy stages in New York including the Comedy Cellar and Caroline’s. Silverman, to Stern on Monday, “I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again… I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage. He’s going to have to find his way or not find his way.”
After the appearance, she told Andy Cohen in so many words that she’d like to not be asked to chime in about one of her oldest friends in comedy knowing she is biased. “I’d like to be taken off the case.”