Sasheer Zamata Ethers Louis C.K. By Reworking His Parkland-Kids Joke
The former Saturday Night Live cast member didn’t hold back in her critique of a recent controversial joke Louis C.K. made about survivors of the Parkland shooting.
A leaked Louis C.K. joke about survivors of the Parkland shooting found the comedian facing backlash back in December of last year.
“They testify in front of Congress, these kids? What the fuck? What are you doing?” C.K. said during a set at a Long Island comedy club that an audience member recorded. “Fuck you, you’re not interesting cause you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? How does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I gotta listen to you talking.”
C.K. then used the bit about the Parkland survivors to shift into another critique on the younger generation, saying that they should be busy “finger-fucking each other and doing Jell-O shots.”
Following the leak, countless people spoke out about the insensitive joke on social media. Now, Sasheer Zamata has arguably provided the best response to C.K.
As Vulture reports, during a performance at Los Angeles’ Dynasty Typewriter on Wednesday, Zamata reworked C.K.’s Parkland bit and ethered him in the process.
“He says that the survivors of the shootings shouldn’t be spending their time talking to Congress about gun control. Instead they should be ‘finger-fucking’ each other. But who’s to say they’re not? They can do both! They’re teenagers — of course they’re finger-fucking each other!” she said. “They just know how to separate sex from work, which I understand is a hard concept for Louie to grasp. Which is ironic, because we all know how much Louie loves to grasp hard concepts.”
Zamata didn’t just hold him to task for the joke (while also making references to sexual misconduct accusations against him) but also made a commentary on the state of stand-up comedy, saying that comedians should be allowed to say whatever they want onstage as long as it comes with a real take.
“You can’t just get up onstage and say blatantly racist, transphobic, victim-blaming statements without a punch line! Like, who are you — all of our uncles?” she said.
A clip of Zamata’s joke can be heard here via Vulture.