Fox News' own Greta Van Susteren isn't feeling comedian Louis C.K.'s humor these days, but more especially his filthy potty mouth. On her GretaWire blog Thursday night, Greta called on her colleagues to boycott the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner this year, because C.K. is headlining. Let's see what has Greta so riled up:
"The headliner of this year's Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner is 'comedian' Louis C.K. Comedian? I don't think so. Pig? yes.
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.
I refuse to show any support for this guy or for the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner Committee who hired him. I think the organization that hired him is just as bad as he is. It is no secret that he denigrates women."
They just didn't talk like that back in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Louis C.K. never stopped being an hilarious and sui generis comedian, but since his divorce in 2008, darker, more bitter elements have crept into his routines. The use of derogatory language towards women has been an especially contentious topic of late, thanks to Rush Limbaugh's unfiltered gasbaggery, with an issue of sexism being exploited for political gain. Earlier this week, Sarah Palin, nursing an old grudge against Bill Maher, subtly implied that President Obama was a hypocrite by writing on Facebook:
"Pres. Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters. For the sake of everyone's daughter, why doesn't his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?"
In an earlier GretaWire post Thursday, Van Susteren also showed solidarity with Palin, calling Maher a "serial pig." She wrote:
"Bill Maher can't hide behind, 'I am [sic] comedian.' Being a comedian is not license to be a bigot or degrade women. Seinfeld is more successful and never degrading."
And here I thought Maher was a paragon of chivalry. The free-speech issue regarding comedians is another fiercely-debated one, and, these days, judgment is usually rendered in the court of internet opinion. The question continues: should comedians have carte blanche to say whatever they want (short of "fire" in a theater) in their acts, or should there be limits?