One week ago, humiliated comedian Louis CK won the Grammy Award. Well, perhaps before the villagers, he could be described as “shameful”.
In 2017, CK was quickly dropped by his agent, advertiser and manager following allegations of sexual abuse by five women. Netflix, HBO and FX – where he had a lucrative overall contract and was the executive producer of four shows – severed ties with the comedian. The women accused CK of exposing himself and masturbating in front of them, to which CK confessed and apologized.
“These stories are true,” CK said in a statement in 2017, which continued in part: “When you have power over another person, it’s not a question of asking them to look at your dick. It’s a pity for them. Power, they admired me and I used that power irresponsibly.
After trailing his main career, CK reappeared quietly at comedy clubs in 2018 with new standup materials. Although he was not hired by major Hollywood networks and studios, CK created his own work and was followed by his fans. Last year, he embarked on a sold-out comedy tour of 24 cities across the country. In 2020, he posted a special for $ 7.99 on his own website, “Loyal, Louis CK”, where he mocked and underestimated his own sexual misconduct. That special won him a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album last week, his third and fourth nomination in the category.
“There is no zero change in the way comedy is run. There are no rules, ”said Julia Volov, one of the five women who accused CK five years ago, of the New York Times’ 2017 revelation that CK suddenly ran away in shock when she suddenly masturbated in front of him at the 2002 comedy festival.
In a new interview Variety, Says Volov, CK’s Grammy Award proves that the #MeToo movement has done little more than shed light on headlines in Hollywood. Reflecting on the past few years, Volov now exemplifies that powerful words have been spoken, but not much action has been taken, by CK’s Grammy success.
“Nobody cares. That’s the message I’m sending, “said Volov. “It really does. That’s the truth.”
Volov – a Chicago-based comedy duo who is part of Dana and Julia’s comedian and actor, and his longtime professional partner and friend of almost 30 years, Dana E. Goodman – rarely talks about this incident. In fact, he regrets coming forward in 2017. At the time, she spoke out to help others, worried that CK might have harassed or assaulted more women.
“Knowing you can help someone else, you take it. This is the part that keeps you coming forward, but it’s not fun. We picked one for the team,” Volov says. Variety. “Even talking to you now, I know this will not work in my favor, but as many ask, it’s hard when he’s constantly in the news cycle.”
Volov could not prove that he faced professional consequences in direct response to talking publicly about CK, but he says it did not help. She believes she has been branded a “troublemaker” in the world of comedy, even when people praise her for speaking out. “Of course, his fans will say it’s not because we’re fun or because we’m gold diggers – it’s my favorite, and from this we got very rich,” Volov says teasingly. “People will say we need attention. Trust me, this is not the focus I expect.
Volo doesn’t really know why she’s talking again. But with winning the CK Grammy Awards, she knows for a fact that nothing has changed. She had no idea who could make that change.
“Whatever he does at any time, I get up in the morning and look at the messages and emails [from] Reporters and the same question: ‘Can he act?’ I do not know. Don’t ask me. I did not make the rules, ”he says.
“I wondered what to do, what all of this meant, but I had no answer because I didn’t really know. The way the industry works is very mysterious, ”he added. “But whoever the decision makers are, do you need to work with someone who shows his mettle to everyone in town?” Do you want to work badly with him? There are so many funny people. Why him? Why aren’t they? Why is there no one but him? “
The recording academy has undergone major changes over the past year to reflect its very diverse and inclusive voting system. With more than 12,000 voting members today, CK was nominated and won.
“This is nonsense. What’s wrong with people?” Volov cracks. “Wouldn’t it be nice if people weren’t rewarded for bad behavior? But what do you do? These people voted for him. I think that’s what happens when comedy and music come together.
The comedy and music businesses are known to suffer from widespread harassment and petty restrictions. While this issue is certainly an industry-wide problem in entertainment, television and film, it is difficult to make a living without corporate support. But in comedy or music, an artist can publish their own things or go on stage – as long as there are fans in support of them.
“These big brands can’t star in a Louis CK movie. Disney may not have Louis CK, but a small black box comedy club can do whatever they want. ” “Everyone is grassroots. If Louis could sell tickets to a small comedy club, they would.
On the one hand, Volov is ready to move forward.
“Part of me does not care. If people want to see them, it’s good for them,” he says. “Who’s going to say he’s not going to take the stage? I do not. And only being so far away from me.
But on the other hand, it is not correct.
“I know he’s faced financial consequences by losing his TV contracts, but the big thing is, for him, I feel like he’s a God-given right to get these things, where most ordinary people would consider it a privilege to have that kind of site,” Volov says. “I do not believe in the culture of cancellation, but frankly, Louis was not canceled. He looks good to me. He is touring. He sells. He has won Grammy Awards.
Volov admits he has a little more guilt for being part of the movement that spoke out against CK a few years ago. “It’s ridiculous, but I do,” he says. “You don’t want to ruin someone’s life. All our lives have been messed up by this, but at least he has millions of dollars to comfort himself. He will not be homeless.
Going forward, Volov is not sure what to do. When she sees people talking on social media, she feels a sense of comfort, but she knows it doesn’t really shake the needle. “They’re upset, but they talk to each other. You can talk about everything you want on social media, but you can’t go anywhere. You can go to HR in your public company, that person is fired, and you don’t have to work with them again,” Volov says.
Even if celebrities talk, it will definitely help. But taking it is not their burden, says the comedian. “Louis did all this, now should everyone but him talk about it?” Volov gives the pose. “It’s annoying and unfair.”
A lawyer listed as CK’s representative, no longer a PR representative or manager, did not respond VarietyInquiry into this story. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Variety Approached the recording academy, which did not respond to the setback surrounding CK’s success. When his appointment to Marilyn Manson and Dave Chappell initially drew negative attention, Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, expressed controversy in an interview with The Rape. “We will not restrict individuals who may submit their products for consideration,” he said. “We will not look back at the history of the people, we will not look at their criminal record, we will not look at anything other than the legitimacy within our rules.
Mason Jr. added: “We control our platforms, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We are not going to be.
CK did not accept his award at the 2022 Grammy Awards in Las Vegas last weekend.