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Louis CK's jokes about Parkland shooting victims and gender identity shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone

His recent outburst shows the importance of de-platforming.

LEAKED AUDIO RECORDED at one of Louis CK’s recent comeback set has provoked the ire of many, with the disgraced comedian making jokes about the Parkland shooting victims.

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“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot,” C.K. said, referring to the survivors of the Parkland shooting.

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. Now I gotta listen to you talking?”

He then went on to dismiss people who identify as non-binary, saying: “They tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as they them because I identify as gender neutral’.

“You should address me as there because I identify as a location and the location is your mother’s c—.’ ”

His reasoning for making the comments was fairly simple, saying his life was already over, following an admission of sexual misconduct in 2017.

In a similar vein, Aziz Ansari’s latest tour went off at so-called PC culture on his most recent tour, following similar allegations.

While Ansari did not deliver material as tasteless as CK’s, their intentions seem to be the same. Instead of examining their actions and the subsequent consequences, the pair punch down and attempt to pander to a right wing audience – the only audience which they have yet to alienate.

This new work is also pretty contrary to his original statement, in which he said he would be “stepping back and taking a long time to listen”.

The issue now lies in how people to continue to platform Louis despite this. De-platforming works, as seen in the case of Milo Yiannopoulos. No one should be allowed to incite hatred, no matter how small the audience their performing to is, just because they feel hard done by.

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