If solely this hadn’t been so predictable. Louis C.Okay., who in 2017 confirmed sexual misconduct allegations made by 5 totally different ladies, gained a Grammy Sunday night time for Best Comedy Album. The nomination for Sincerely Louis C.Okay. was his first since his accusers got here ahead.
This yr’s Grammys already felt a bit cursed. Kanye’s been banned from performing; The Weeknd is boycotting; Drake withdrew his nominations; and on high of C.Okay., Marilyn Manson and Dr. Luke have each acquired nods.
When reached by The Wrap for touch upon the controversy surrounding these nominations, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. stated, “We gained’t prohibit the individuals who can submit their materials for consideration. We gained’t look again at individuals’s historical past, we gained’t take a look at their prison report, we gained’t take a look at something apart from the legality inside our guidelines of, is that this recording for this work eligible based mostly on date and different standards. If it’s, they will submit for consideration.”
“What we’ll management is our phases, our exhibits, our occasions, our purple carpets,” Mason continued. “We’ll check out anybody who’s asking to be part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our selections at that time. But we’re not going to be in the business of limiting individuals from submitting their work for our voters to resolve on.”
“We gained’t look again at individuals’s historical past, we gained’t take a look at their prison report, we gained’t take a look at something apart from the legality inside our guidelines of, is that this recording for this work eligible based mostly on date and different standards.”
In the fall of 2017, troublesome and long-simmering rumors about the comic’s habits culminated in a devastating report from The New York Times. Comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corey and an nameless fifth supply advised the Times that the comic, an influential and highly effective determine of their orbit, had masturbated in entrance of them without their consent. C.Okay. responded with a prolonged assertion during which he admitted the allegations had been true.
“At the time, I stated to myself that what I did was O.Okay. as a result of I by no means confirmed a girl my dick without asking first,” the comic stated. “But what I realized later in life, too late, is that when you have got energy over one other individual, asking them to have a look at your dick isn’t a query. It’s a predicament for them.”
“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for,” C.Okay. added. “And I’ve to reconcile it with who I’m. Which is nothing in comparison with the activity I left them with… The hardest remorse to dwell with is what you’ve executed to harm another person. And I can hardly wrap my head round the scope of damage I introduced on them.”
The comic ended his assertion by vowing to “step again and take a very long time to pay attention.” Nine months later, he was again at the Comedy Cellar. He went on to pander to the far-right by making anti-trans remarks and mocking Parkland survivors. He’s since turned the allegations towards him right into a joke (“I prefer to jerk off and I don’t like being alone”), carried out a markedly unapologetic set at Madison Square Garden, and launched a particular that tells us, above all, that cancel tradition is a lie.