Today was supposed to mark the premiere for Louis C.K.’s new and controversial and gross-sounding film I Love You, Daddy—but according to the Hollywood Reporter, the premiere was suddenly canceled, literally hours in advance, in light of an upcoming and damaging New York Times story that’s about to be released. Welp!
To cancel an entire premiere ahead of the movie’s November 17 release seems to indicate that the New York Times story is something of a bombshell, or at least potentially a more definitive report on the rumors of C.K.’s alleged sexual misconduct that have been swirling around for years, as first reported by Gawker.com and at least acknowledged by Roseanne Barr and Tig Notaro.
That I Love You, Daddy happens to be about a man who is trying to put a stop to his 17-year-old daughter falling for a 68-year old filmmaker who notoriously dates young women and is maybe a pedophile (a tribute of sorts to alleged sexual abuser Woody Allen’s Manhattan) is pure patriarchal coincidence.
Louis C.K. was also supposed to be a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert but has been replaced with William H. Macy. Keep an eye on the New York Times, I guess.
And maybe it would be easier for everyone in the entertainment business if, instead of desperately scrambling when the very-well-known reports of a star’s misconduct finally reach a point that they can no longer control, they don’t enter into a creative and financial relationship with that star in the first place?
UPDATE: The New York Times did in fact publish an article today titled “Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say,” which contains multiple reports of sexual transgressions on C.K.’s part—from propositioning a female colleague on set and asking if he could masturbate in front of her (something that was confirmed by Courtney Cox, of all people), to simply doing so in front of women without their consent (over the phone, according to one of the victims). C.K.’s publicist told the Times in an email that he would not be responding to the allegations.