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Louis C.K. Grammy Win for Best Comedy Album Faces Immediate Online Backlash

Louis C.K. Grammy Win for Best Comedy Album Faces Immediate Online Backlash

Shamed comedian Louis CK won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album at the awards show on Sunday, leading to intense backlash on social media.

Host Levar Burton's announcement of Louis CK's name on Sunday night as the winner of the award, was met with a silent response from the live audience as the band played in the background. C.K. however, was not in attendance at the award show obligating Burton to uncomfortably receive the award on his behalf.

The disgraced comedian was given the award for his self-produced one hour stand-up show Sincerely, C.K.'s first stand-up performance to be aired since admitting to sexual misconduct in 2017.

C.K. publicly divulged his actions after years of accusations by female comedians that the star would masturbate in front of them and manipulate them into giving permission in ways that were not consensual.

“The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.” Louis C.K. said in a statement following the admission. “I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children, and their mother. I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”

Although the comedian's long-standing television contract with FX was terminated in light of the confession, and the distribution of his film I Love You Daddy stopped, C.K. was back on stage doing stand-up less than a year later.

Now with a Grammy Award, many are outraged about the situation, feeling that Louis C.K. has not been properly held accountability for his actions and should not have won the award, yet alone been nominated in the first place.

In response to the news, Jen Kirkman, one of the comedians who C.K. tried to assault, tweeted out a clip of her latest stand-up special where she talks about the assault with the caption,

“Louis CK won a Grammy tonight for an album that came out after his sexual assaults (that he admitted to) that contains him acting like a victim saying “everyone knows my thing…”

Actress and comedian Sarah Ann Masse, who is a sexual assault survivor of film producer Harvey Weinstein, tweeted her disdain with Hollywood hypocrisy writing,

"Louis CK just won a GRAMMY. "cancel culture" seems pretty selective hm? And thanks so much to our industry for once again telling us that survivors don't matter."

Journalist Moira Donegan tweeted in response to the news,

"I wonder if the careers of the women comedians Louis CK forced to watch him masturbate—who were allegedly threatened by CK’s manager—have recovered from the stigma of coming forward. Louis CK’s own career seems to have bounced back very well."

Multiple other fans joined in the online retaliation of Louis C.K. and the Grammys, taking to twitter to express their disgust and anger at the situation.

One user tweeted,

"Louis CK just won a f***ing grammy for best comedy album. This is beyond disgusting for all victims of SA, but is especially telling of how these revered institutions, in fact, do not give a f**k about victims of violence. They will ALWAYS foster and celebrate violence."

While another said,

"Louis CK just won a Grammy, so I don’t want to hear any more whining about cancel culture. Men can sexually prey on women, the victims can have their careers and confidence destroyed, it can all go public - and there will still be no real consequences."

Louis C.K. and The Recording Academy have yet to make any comments.

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