Louis C.K. Drops Hosting Gig, Greta van Susteren To Blame?
Louis C.K. has many fans but not surprisingly, FOX News commentator, Greta Van Susteren is not one of them. In fact, Van Susteren issued a statement on her blog recently stating that she will not attend this year’s Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner if “pig,” Louis C.K. is hosting it. What led Van Susteren to compare the popular comedian and star of FX’s ‘Louie’ to mud-loving livestock?
As she explained in her post, Van Susteren takes great offense to Louis C.K.’s use of “the C word” to describe women, particularly in the case of former Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.
Van Susteren writes on her blog, in a posting titled, “I refuse to go to the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner – no one should go”:
“He uses filthy language about women…..yes, the C word…and yes, even to describe a woman candidate for Vice President of the United States. It isn’t just Governor Palin he denigrates. He denigrates all women and looks to the crowd to laugh.”
She goes on to issue a mandate to all invitees to boycott the dinner should Louis C.K. stay on as host. And it looks she might just get her way. The comedian has dropped out of the dinner with his agent telling The Hollyood Reporter that “he just didn’t want to do it anymore.”
Van Susteren’s talk of Louis C.K. (who himself is a father to two daughters) “denigrating” women comes on the heels of a media maelstrom over Rush Limbaugh’s referral to Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke as a “slut.” Where Van Susteren stands on that fiasco, isn’t clear, at least not on her blog.
Inevitably, cries of hypocrisy and bias will be heard in the wake of Van Susteren’s rally against Louis C.K. Current TV host, Keith Olbermann seems to have the best strategy in this latest round of “he said/she said” name calling.
Olbermann has decided to end his long running, “Worst Persons in the World” segment. After comments he made three years ago regarding Michelle Malkin and S.E. Cupp, came back to bite him in the rear end, Olbermann said “I’m going to try to raise my standard about not using gratuitously abusive remarks about women, and men.”
While it might not be terribly fun, Olbermann’s approach is probably the best policy.