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Louis C.K.‘s Saturday Night Live monologue has stirred up controversy.
The Louie star hosted the NBC sketch series’ season-40 finale this weekend, where he delivered a stand-up routine featuring jokes about child molesters, racism and the tension in the Middle East.
C.K. said that there was a child molester who lived in his neighborhood when he was growing up in the 1970s. “He didn’t like me — I felt a little bad,” he said.
The comedian tried to imagine why child molesters would still commit the crime. “From their point of view, it must be amazing, for them to risk so much,” he said. He then acknowledged the controversial nature of the material, adding, “It’s my last show probably.”
Indeed, a number of Twitter users were not pleased with what they heard. One person called it the “unfunniest, most offensive SNL monologue” ever, while someone else tweeted that her “heart aches for humanity” because of the monologue.
Not all Twitter users condemned the monologue, with radio personality Gregg “Opie” Hughes among those praising it, referring to it as “another great set” from the performer.
Video of the monologue, along with tweets about it, can be seen below.
I grew up on SNL. Huge Louis C.K. fan. I know they both push the line. I get that. But that opening monologue…
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) May 17, 2015
— John DeMayo (@JohnnyDeMayo) May 17, 2015
— Daniel José Older (@djolder) May 17, 2015
— Ken Rudin (@kenrudin) May 17, 2015
— pamela_jayne (@pamela_jayne) May 17, 2015
Louis CK’s monologue. BRUH.
— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) May 17, 2015
Yeah, that opening monologue just made me feel yucky. I think I’ll just go to bed instead of watching the rest. #snl
— Joya Reusch Weinroth (@Joyadee) May 17, 2015
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