Survivors of the Parkland school shooting in Florida have hit out at comedian Louis CK after he was heard poking fun at them in a stand-up set.
The leaked audio apparently came from one of his comeback routines a year after he admitted sexual misconduct.
In it, he ridiculed the Parkland pupils who have become anti-gun activists.
Survivor Ryan Deitsch tweeted: “It’s a shame when you sink so low that your comeback plan is to make fun of school shooting survivors for speaking out.”
Another survivor, Sofie Whitney, said he “must be really intimidated by us kids”.
Alex Wind said the audience members who could be heard laughing and clapping at Louis CK’s jokes were “just as much at fault”. And Delaney Tarr, who had to hide in a cupboard from the gunman, added her voice.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in February’s shooting, suggested the comic “come to our house and try out your new pathetic jokes”.
Jaime was one of 17 people who were killed when a 19-year-old expelled former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 14 February.
A group of students went on to set up the campaign group March For Our Lives to lobby for tighter gun control measures.
In his routine, Louis CK could be heard making fun of the survivors, saying: “Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I’ve got to listen to you talking?”
A version of the comic’s expletive-laden set was posted on YouTube on 30 December.
Louis CK’s career took a downturn after he admitted several instances of sexual misconduct in November 2017. He said he had “wielded power irresponsibly” and could hardly wrap his head around the “scope of hurt” he had caused.
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His statement also said: “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”
That time seems to be up, however, and he returned to performing low-key shows in comedy clubs in August.
Part of the leaked routine also included criticism of young people identifying as gender neutral and people with learning difficulties.
The BBC has contacted Louis CK’s lawyer for a response.
News credit : Bbc