Michael Ian Black Defends Louis C.K.'s Return. Internet Explodes

Louis C.K. makes unannounced appearance at NYC comedy club

Louis C.K. performed his first stand-up set since publicly admitting to sexual harassment, the New York Times has reported. After apologizing and staying out of the spotlight for nearly a year, C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar in NY.

In November of a year ago, five women came forward in the pages of The New York Times about how the comedian masturbated in front of them.

Dworman told the news outlet Louis C.K. seemed "very relaxed" and even received a standing-ovation from the approximate 115 show attendees before his performance.

He said that one man who was in the audience called the club on Monday to complain about the comedian's surprise appearance.

Last year, five women publicly accused the comedian of sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of them without their consent.

Still, some believe that the free market should ultimately decide the professional fate of the disgraced "I Love You Daddy" star.

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Their allegations included numerous instances where he masturbated in front of them. Louis C.K.'s speedy return to comedy has left many fans - particularly female fans - feeling angry, and its prompted a discussion about how (and when and if) the #MeToo movement will move forward in the future.

'There can't be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong, ' he said. But he made a decision to just rip the Band-Aid off'.

If C.K.is indeed angling for a redemption arc, it would be interesting to see what work, if any, he makes to atone for the lost professional opportunities and social fallout suffered by his victims. The underlying implication that there is nothing else he might be able to do is profoundly warped and unimaginative, the end point of a society that tells people to follow their dreams without caring too much about everyone they step over in the process, such as the women whose careers were profoundly altered by C.K.'s indiscretions.

"I didn't think it was going to happen as soon as it did", he told the newspaper.

"Will take heat for this but people have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives", Black said.

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