It's a new year.
But it's the same old Louis C.K.
Actually, that's not even accurate: it's a somewhat different Louis C.K. than the one who came across as mostly harmless and well-intentioned before he was outed as a serial and offensive masturbator.
As you very likely have read about by now, leaked audio of a recent stand-up set by the controversial comedian went viral late last week.
It featured C.K. making fun of non-binary individuals who wish to be referred to by the pronouns "they" or "them," and it also featured the star mocking survivors of that school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
A quick and horrifying refresher:
On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, murdering seventeen students and staff members and injuring seventeen others.
In the wake of this tragedy, a handful of the students who survived have spoken out passionately about the country's need for more strict gun control legislation.
And C.K. apparently finds this appalling.
"Testify in front of Congress, these kids, what the f-ck? What are you doing?" says C.K. in this audio clip, adding in a very strange attempt to be funny:
"Cause you went to a high school where kids got shot, why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting?
"You didn't get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way and now I gotta listen to you talking?"
The backlash to this lame joke was swift and savage, with many associated with the Parkland massacre speaking out on social media.
"It's a shame when you sink so low that your comeback plan is to make fun of school shooting survivors for speaking out," Stoneman Douglas graduate Ryan Deitsch said on Twitter.
He later urged folks to stop discussing this subject in order to rob C.K. of the publicity:
"While I appreciate members of the press for doing their duties, I & hopefully others will decline to speak more on this subject.
"This will only grant further attention to an individual whose deplorability belongs left behind as we all ascend into a brighter new year."
For a very understandable reason, however, Fred Guttenberg could not follow this advice.
Having lost his 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, in the attack, Guttenberg addressed C.K. directly with a pointed message:
"To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting.
"My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don't you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?"
Elsewhere in his set, C.K. wondered why teenagers these days aren't just getting drunk and partying and simply relaxing and having fun, just like they did in his day.
Parkland survivor Kyra Parrow has the perfect response to this question.
Although taking jello shots & eating mushrooms might have been ideal for you when you were 18, that is not the luxury that we have after having to see our friends and classmates in caskets because of preventable gun violence.