Sarah Silverman has a few thoughts about her long-time best friend Louis CK who has been in the news this past week for sexual misconduct. She lays bare her frustration, anguish, and hope in a heartfelt opening monologue on last night’s I Love You America:
“I wish I could sit this one out,” she says. “But then I remembered something I said on this very show: that if it’s mentionable, it’s manageable. So I’m going to address the elephant masturbating in the room.”
“This recent calling out of sexual assault has been a long time coming. It’s good. It’s like cutting out tumors — it’s messy and it’s complicated and it is gonna hurt, but it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it.”
“It sucks, and some of our heroes will be taken down and we will discover bad things about people we like, or in some cases, people we love.”
“He wielded his power with women in messed up ways,” Silverman continues. “I could couch this with heartwarming stories of our friendship and what a great dad he is, but that’s totally irrelevant, isn’t it? Yes, it is.”
“I love Louie. But Louie did these things,” Silverman says. “Both of those statements are true. So, I just keep asking myself, can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them? I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims. They are victims, and they’re victims because of something he did.”
Silverman says she is at once very angry — “for the women he wronged and the culture that enabled it” — and also sad.
“I believe with all my heart that this moment in time is essential,” she says. “It’s vital that people are held accountable for their actions, no matter who they are. We need to be better. We will better. I can’t [expletive] wait to be better.