Louis C.K. received a Grammy on Sunday despite his history of s*xual assault and suffering for nearly five years in professional comedy.
At the 64th Grammy Awards, C.K.'s album, Sincerely, Louis C.K., beat out five other candidates for greatest comedy album, including Lewis Black, Kevin Hart, and Chelsea Handler.
The album was his first once since being accused of masturbating in front of many female employees in November 2017.
Following the Recording Academy's announcement, Twitter users reacted quickly, with many pointing out the irony that C.K.'s winning record made light of the very wrongdoing that had destroyed his career years before.
"The Grammys are a great reminder that 'cancel culture' doesn't exist and no white dude has ever been successfully cancelled for anything terrible that they do," one user posted.
Others noted that, despite everyone's acknowledgment, cancel culture has vanished when it comes to guys with a history of s*xual misconduct.
“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 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. — Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) April 4, 2022
Several other people brought forth the relevancy of the Grammys and how it continues to disgrace itself.
“Louis CK complaining about “cancelled” is so hilariously hollow when he gets rewarded for being a monster after ADMITTING he did those things. I’d ask if the Grammys could sink lower but we all know they have and will continue to.”
Louis CK complaining about being “cancelled” is so hilariously hollow when he gets rewarded for being a monster after ADMITTING he did those things. I’d ask if the Grammys could sink lower but we all know they have and will continue to. https://t.co/Mrid68HbHE — AdequateEmily (@AdequateEmily) April 4, 2022
Details on Louis C.K's S*xual Misconduct
In 2017, five women told The New York Times about their encounters with C.K., alleging that he masturbated in their presence and engaged in other s*xually inappropriate behavior. According to NPR, the comedian initially disputed the charges, but later admitted to his misconduct.
"At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my d*ck without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them," C.K. said in a 2017 statement. "The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."
The effect of his revelation was nearly immediate. In response to the public backlash, HBO, Netflix, and FX severed ties with the formerly acclaimed comedian, pulling both past and forthcoming shows.
C.K. came back onstage at a New York City comedy club less than a year later.
C.K., on the other hand, has largely remained out of the spotlight until his most recent album. He's now back on the road, it seems. According to his official website, C.K. will go to numerous European nations in May and June, with some of the tour's dates already sold out.