Following Greta van Susteren's call for a boycott of the annual Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner for inviting comedian Louis C.K. -- who Van Susteren dubbed a "pig," and who has been known to call Sarah Palin a c--t -- C.K. has reportedly backed out of the dinner, saying he "just didn't want to do it anymore." His tweet about the subject follows:
It is unknown whether Van Susteren's blistering blog post on the subject, headlined "I refuse to go to the Radio and Television correspondents' dinner -- no one should go," was the cause of the cancellation. You can read several passages of it below:
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.
FreeRepublic's Kristin Taylor thinks this Van Susteren post was probably involved:
Taylor calls this afternoon with a different interpretation: "That's a cop-out," he said. "But it's a polite, professional way of withdrawing."
Taylor also said C.K. should never have been invited in the first place, and attributed the invitation to the liberal bias of the Washington media.
"It's because he said those things about Sarah Palin that the D.C. media thought it was OK," he argued. "If he had said those things about Michelle Obama, no way in hell he would've been invited."
However, some say Van Susteren's attack was unwarranted. Over at Laughspin, Dylan P. Gadino accuses Van Susteren of not doing enough research on the topic before attacking the comedian:
There sure is more, Greta. And maybe you should’ve actually listened to “more” – that is, if you listened to anything at all — before demonizing a man for a few crass comments he made on a radio show. That’s right, folks. These aren’t even lines from his act. It’s all from an appearance on SiriusXM’s Opie and Anthony Show from December of 2010; it came a few days after his now-infamous drunken airplane tweeting, when he typed a series of gibberish and incredibly silly (and surely blue) jokes about Sarah Palin. And by the way, he later told GQ he regretted typing those things.
Is Louis C.K. a misunderstood comedian who made a series of off-color gaffes? Or was his withdrawal completely warranted? Weigh in below.