Following the New York Times story in which multiple women have accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, the release of his film, I Love You, Daddy, has been totally scrapped by production company, The Orchard.
Rumours about C.K.’s misconduct have floated around for years, but thanks to the brave women going on the record for the New York Times story, and in the fallout to similar allegations of sexual harassment towards Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and more, action has been swift.
HBO have also dropped all of C.K.’s past work from their network, including his comedy specials and short-lived series Lucky Louie, and they’ve also removed him from the lineup of the upcoming comedy special, Night Of Too Many Stars. It is expected that FX and Netflix, who also have relationships with C.K., may also follow suit and remove his content from their services.
The film itself was already being dubbed “provocative”, as it seemed to be somewhat true to life, as it follows a television producer (C.K.), whose teenage daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) stars dating an older, Woody Allen type (John Malkovich), while C.K.’s character has a friend (Charlie Day) who constantly mimes masturbating in front of people.
What already felt problematic now sounds insidious, and almost like C.K. revelling in his own invulnerability that was perpetuated by years of covering up his indiscretions. Hopefully this, and the brave voices standing up in other stories of alleged sexual harassment, is a sign that Hollywood will no longer stand for these kinds of heinous crimes.