Louis CK: Being White.

Via on Aug 3, 2010

If we’re looking for political correctness and sensitivity in comedy, we’re gonna have a bad time. That said, comedy often manages to raise issues of equal rights decades before the mainstream, serious folks. Louis is a great, good, raw, deliciously horrible and fair-minded, sweet voice for love. ~ Waylon

Comedy: where uncomfortable truths and harmful prejudices are aired, and laughed at.

Feministing, I like. It’s long been a featured site on our Blog Roll on our Front Page. But they missed the point on this one, imho:

Louis C.K.’s unfunny sketch about race

This sketch by Louis C.K. on white privilege made me really uncomfortable…the major issues at hand here are how delusional some whites can be about present-day racism and the logical implications of white privilege. First, the notion that a black man would feel comfortable traveling back to the 1980s is the only laughable moment that can be extracted from this sketch. Reaganomics, anyone??

Further, C.K. presses the knife with, “For now, Weeeeee!”  The thing we have to remember about whiteness is that it is a privilege that inherently disadvantages other racial groups. So really, C.K. can’t celebrate his whiteness without him celebrating the effects his white privilege has on people of color: racism.

Nothing to laugh at in that conclusion.

Uh, watch the video again? He’s not saying white is better. He’s acknowledging that white crackers have historically had a leg up, exploited others (“owning land and people…”), and will get theirs in the future.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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9 Responses to “Louis CK: Being White.”

  1. Yeah, I'd say the Feministing author missed the irony here completely (which is pretty bad, considering that white privilege and racism the author seems to think C.K. are missing are his entire point)–kindaflike the people who leave negative comments whenever I write anything that's the least bit ironic for Elephant. Then, I'm not sure to what extent this comes down to humorlessness and to what extent it's simply an internet culture in which people don't bother fully reading or watching things before they comment…or, if they do, they're multi-tasking and, thereby, not giving their full attention. and certainly not taking time to think about it. I'm considering writing an article in which the title and first sentence endorse dog-fighting—followed by a couple of paragraphs in which I point out that I'm completely against dog-fighting and am just trying to make a point–just to see how many outraged comments I get from people who didn't bother reading further (no doubt, there'd be a deluge at the link on Facebook)….

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    Robert Spray So not PC and so very flippin funny!

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    Darrin Buehler I didn't want it to end. I am just discovering Louis CK. Nothing so good as truth through humor.

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    Rick Gilbert he's the best. his youtube clip "why?" is very good as well…

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    Example #34521 of Feministing missing the point. Nothing new under the sun.

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