Comedian and late-night talk show host James Corden apologized for several jokes he made about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his sexual harassment allegations.
Here's the video of Corden's jokes:
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) October 14, 2017
What did Corden say?
Corden was speaking at a gala event for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, when he joked about the continuing scandal.
"Right here in L.A. it's so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage," Corden quipped. "I don't know whether that groan was that you liked that joke or you don't like that joke, if you don't like that joke you should probably leave now."
"It has been weird this week, hasn't it, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water," he continued. "Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath, it's weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water."
"Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight but he'll settle for whatever potted plant is closest," he concluded, referring to one of the disgusting features of an accusation against Weinstein.
What was the reaction?
Reaction was very negative and was led by Rose McGowan, the actress who first tried to sound the alarm about Weinstein's predatory behavior.
The actress excoriated Corden after posting the video of his jokes in a series of missives from her social media account.
"YOU MOTHERF**KING PIGLET," she said in the tweet with a link to the video of his jokes.
"Hearing the audience’s vile roars & laughs show EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are," she added. McGowan then demanded CBS donate to a charity helping women experiencing sexual harassment and abuse.
Americans have discovered that James Corden is a tool. We wondered when you'd notice. No, we're not having him back.— Larry the Cat (@Larry the Cat)1508102304.0
people calling james corden's weinstein jokes "too soon" don't understand that there will NEVER be a "good" time to joke about r*pe— char (@char)1508133180.0
James Corden just embarrassed every #Brit in #LA. Whack jokes about #Weinstein & #sexualassault are no #joke. 👎 #women #Hollywood — Jeetendr Sehdev 🙏☀️ (@Jeetendr Sehdev 🙏☀️)1508072877.0
James Corden just embarrassed every #Brit in #LA. Whack jokes about #Weinstein & #sexualassault are no #joke. 👎 #women #Hollywood— Jeetendr Sehdev 🙏☀️ (@Jeetendr Sehdev 🙏☀️)1508072877.0
Eventually, Corden apologized:
To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, (1/2)— James Corden (@James Corden)1508096538.0
but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention. (2/2)
— James Corden (@JKCorden) October 15, 2017