Judd Apatow calls Louis CK Parkland routine ‘hacky, unfunny, shallow’

Judd Apatow criticized Louis C.K.’s recent stand-up set where he made jokes about Parkland shooting survivors and gender non- binary young people.

“This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy,” Apatow said of the set in a tweet on Monday morning. “It’s much easier to laugh at our most vulnerable than to look at their pain directly & show them love and concern. Louis CK is all fear and bitterness now. He can’t look inward.”

In audio that comes a December stand-up performance, C.K. can be heard mocking the survivors of the Parkland school shooting and young people who identify as non-binary.

“#louisck has a leaked set, and it’s the definition of bad writing and punching down,” writer Emma Smith said on Twitter. “The plea for relevance really gives the whole 2 minutes a sour undertone – sorry, dude, but the red light means your time is officially up."

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LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Conan O'Brien on October 11, 1993 (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Louis CK during The 10th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Day One at St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 14 -- Pictured: (far right) Robert Smigel and Louis C.K. perform in the 'Conan the ----arian' sketch on September 30, 1993 (Photo by: Lesly Weiner/Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Louis CK, Joe Rogan, Artie Lange and Richard Schimmel *Exclusive* (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. performs on October 11, 1993 -- (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actors Alan Alda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Louis C.K. attend the premiere of 'Diminished Capacity' at the Eccles Theatre during 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2008 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Mario Joyner, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock during HBO & AEG Live's 'The Comedy Festival' - The Comedian Award - Backstage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Stand-up comedian and director Louis C.K. poses for a photograph as he arrives for the premiere of his film "Hilarious" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Elvis Mitchell, Lance Crouther, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. *Exclusive* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 2102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis CK during an interview with host Conan O'Brien -- (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: Host Louis C.K. during the monologue on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson as Johnny, Cecily Strong as Louise, and host Louis C.K. as Sam during the 'Soda Shop' sketch on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Louis C.K. and Kate McKinnon as Polish Immigrants during the 'Tenement Museum' sketch on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon pose with an award during The 76th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani, Wall Street on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Peabody)
Louis C.K. holds the Emmy awards for outstanding writing for a variety special for "Louis C.K. Live at the beacon Theatre" and outstanding writing in a comedy series for his show "Louie" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (EMMYS-BACKSTAGE)
Comedian Louis C.K. arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Cast member Zach Galifianakis and executive producer Louis C.K. participate in a panel for the FX Networks series "Baskets" during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Cable Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
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C.K., whose career was derailed as a result of sexual misconduct accusations that he admitted were true, said in 2017 that he would use his time away from the spotlight to “step back and take a long time to listen,” but his recent set being criticized for not making amends.

“Despite his vow, about a year ago, to ‘step back and take a long time to listen,’ seems like he views his (entirely self-inflicted) downfall as license to now behave however he wants,” New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff wrote on Twitter. “Telling moment in the bootleg Louis CK set is when, after a particularly crude bit, he jokingly tells the crowd, “What are you – going to take away my birthday? My life is over. I don’t give a s—.'”

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins satirized the routine as an example of a comic talking about how things were in the past.

“I’m saying, Come on, the global warming thing? How did the ice melt during the ice ages,” Tompkins wrote on Twitter. “Was the dinosaurs driving SUVs around back then?”

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Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg
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David Hogg, a student and shooting survivor from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, addresses the conclusion of the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
David Hogg, a student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of a February mass shooting which left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, thrusts his fist in the air as he speaks during the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
David Hogg, a student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of a February mass shooting which left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, speaks as students and gun control advocates hold the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
David Hogg, a student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of a February mass shooting which left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, speaks as students and gun control advocates hold the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
David Hogg, a student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of a February mass shooting which left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, thrusts his fist in the air as he speaks during the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
David Hogg, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks during a rally with Thurgood Marshall Academy students in advance of Saturday's March for Our Lives event in Washington, U.S. March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Emma Gonzalez (L), David Hogg (C) and Cameron Kasky, survivors of the February mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, pause for a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland, before discussing their "#NeverAgain" push to end school shootings at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Emma Gonzalez (L) and David Hogg, survivors of the February mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, discuss their "#NeverAgain" push to end school shootings at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks at a rally calling for more gun control three days after the shooting at his school, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg speaks during March for Our Lives to demand stricter gun control laws on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg speaks onstage at March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Dan Rather hosts a SiriusXM Roundtable Special Event with Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students and activists Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg (pictured), Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, and Jaclyn Corin at SiriusXM Studio on March 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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A journalist for Elle suggested that this type of comedy would be the only way that C.K. would be able to make a “comeback,” while a writer for The Daily Beast went further by suggesting that the routine panders to the alt-right.

“I wrote back in August that Louis CK’s only conceivable “comeback” was to become the kind of hacky, s—-y, “what is UP with GENDER PRONOUNS” comic that rapists can see as “their voice” and that his previous career was built on subverting,” Sady Doyle writes.

See some other reactions to the leaked audio below:

This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy. It’s much easier to laugh at our most vulnerable than to look at their pain directly & show them love and concern. Louis CK is all fear and bitterness now. He can’t look inward. https://t.co/aQVG0rk87y

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 31, 2018

despite his vow, about a year ago, to "step back and take a long time to listen," seems like he views his (entirely self-inflicted) downfall as license to now behave however he wants.

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) December 31, 2018

“I'm saying, Come on, the global warming thing? How did the ice melt during the ice ages? Was the dinosaurs driving SUVs around back then?” pic.twitter.com/eL4h1Y316L

— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) 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

i mean he's like a RW comic now. hes milo pic.twitter.com/QYOGI7TrGa

— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) December 31, 2018

#louisck has a leaked set, and it’s the definition of bad writing and punching down. The plea for relevance really gives the whole 2 minutes a sour undertone – sorry, dude, but the red light means your time is officially up.

— Emma Smith (@CoachHerbie) December 31, 2018

LouisCK even trying for a comeback is crap, but him mocking the Parkland survivors is beyond despicable. There is no comedy there at all.

— David Wilson Brown (@davidwbrown) December 31, 2018

#LouisCK’s new set apparently has a section attacking #nonbinary people. He thinks it’s wrong to use “they” as a singular pronoun. I, on the other hand, think it’s wrong to sexually assault people.

— Emily C. Heath (@emilycheath) December 31, 2018

That Louis CK audio isn’t even edgy, it’s an old conservative ranting about how in his day no one was woke and things were great

— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) December 31, 2018

Live footage of Louis CK pic.twitter.com/QYoAYNPyn0

— Cid ⚰????☠ (@Cidaghast) December 31, 2018

This is a reminder that the time we spend looking backwards and getting pissed about Louis CK would be better spent falling in love with @DivaDelux and moving into a better, more fabulous future. https://t.co/jhMtSfByEH

— Guy Brannukkah (@guybranum) December 31, 2018

Today’s Twitter mob digital assassination of Louis C.K. for “offensive” jokes (all good comedy is offensive to someone) reminds us once again that millennials have completely ruined comedy.

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 31, 2018

Louis C.K.: “I hate these annoying kids who demand to be addressed in nonsensical ways!”

Also Louis C.K.: Insists his last name is two letters.

— Daniel Radosh (@danielradosh) December 31, 2018

Louis C.K. DESTROYS Diabetic Millennial Who Can’t Afford Insulin (Full Video)

— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) December 31, 2018

Somehow the Louis C.K. bootleg is WORSE than the Kevin Spacey video. With the very real risk that they've both left it up to Roseanne to have the final move, staying off Twitter tomorrow might be a great idea.

— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) December 31, 2018

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