Target: Comedian Louis C.K.
Goal: Issue apology for making grossly insensitive “jokes” about child molestation.
Popular comedian Louis C.K. made a series of jokes about child molesters and how great it must feel for them to molest children on a recent Saturday Night Live monologue. He compared wanting to molest children to desiring an illegal candy bar, saying:
Child molesters are very tenacious people. They love molesting childs [sic]. It’s crazy. It’s like their favorite thing. When you consider the risk of being a child molester—speaking not even of the damage you’re doing—but the risk, there is no worse life available to a human than being a caught child molester. And yet they still do it! Which from, you can only really surmise, that it must be really good. I mean, from their point of view.
This kind of shock comedy which suggests that committing a monstrous crime “must be really good” is not only incredibly triggering to survivors of sexual abuse, it serves to encourage the perpetrators. Child molesters and rapists look for any reason to justify their crimes or make it seem like the crime isn’t such a terrible thing. “Jokes” like this tell these awful people that others don’t take the issue seriously, that it can be funny, and that their actions are somehow understandable.
When such an incredibly popular celebrity makes statements like these, it tells child molesters–including those who have not yet been caught–that what they do is considered by both the celebrity and his millions of fans to be something that’s not bad enough to be taken seriously. Plus, young fans will be encouraged to make similar jokes, further spreading the attitude that child molestation isn’t a big deal.
Sexual abuse and rape are extremely heinous crimes that can cause intense trauma that haunts the victims for the rest of their lives. There is absolutely nothing funny about it. Sign this petition to demand that Louis C.K. issue an immediate apology for his “jokes” and pledge to refrain from making any similar statements in the future.
Dear Louis C.K.,
Your recent “jokes” during the Saturday Night Live monologue about child molestation were completely unacceptable. If you think it’s OK to make these kinds of jokes to a national audience, consider the fact that one in five girls and one in 20 boys have been sexually abused. How many survivors of this abuse do you think listened to you make light of what happened to them?
In addition to that, many child molesters, including those who are still on the loose, now believe that you think their crimes are both funny and understandable. These criminals justify their own actions with the idea that their crimes aren’t so serious, and they further this justification by pointing to all the “comedians” who don’t take child molestation seriously and instead turn the crime into a joke. You essentially sent who knows how many child molesters the message that it’s okay to continue sexually abusing children.
The idea that rape jokes cause people to view rape as a less serious crime is backed by scientific evidence. Even if you think this evidence may be wrong, do you really want to risk creating more victims? The only way to reverse the damage you’ve done is to issue a public apology, assert that there is nothing funny about sexual abuse, and refrain from making any jokes on the subject in the future. Please do the right thing for victims and potential future victims everywhere.
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