yourehilarious asked: Did you see the whole interview on the Daily Show? I haven't been following the whole controversy, but he said he had no idea that whole thing was going on, he just was watching Tosh.0 and liked the show, so he tweeted at Daniel that he liked it. He found out later when someone told him that people were calling him a rape apologist etc. etc. because of that.
I just watched the whole interview. What makes me uncomfortable with him has nothing to do with the Tosh context (even though that’s what spurred his response). I was mostly unpleasantly surprised that it took this long for him to recognize rape culture (like really how could any left-wing person be unaware of that) but also pleased that he’s learning.
The rest of the interview is carefully crafted, it seems like: he throws rape jokes under the umbrella of other jokes about bad things (“the Mets” makes it all about opinion and perspective), makes a couple comments about how men need to listen to women and women need to get over themselves (to paraphrase: women are making their feelings the top priority, men are saying women’s feelings don’t matter - both are wrong), and ends with a holocaust joke. He offends everyone without being grossly insensitive and keeps everything light. It’s such a cleverly engineered response.
It is telling that you can see Stewart getting a little uncomfortable at the end, but he’s such a great people pleaser that he makes a joke out of it. Maybe he just knew that his viewers probably wouldn’t like it. Whatever. All I really meant was that I don’t unequivocally love Louis C.K like I used to.