Conundrum

Sarah Silverman grapples with whether she can remain friends with Louis C.K.

Comedian Sarah Silverman has maintained a longtime friendship with Louis C.K. They go way back, but Louis C.K.’s admission of sexual misconduct last week seems to have put that relationship in peril. Silverman, in an emotional segment on the latest episode of her Hulu show I Love You, America, Silverman said she was grappling with what the future holds for a possible friendship between the two. She told viewers she’d rather not comment on the story and would rather “sit this one out,” but added she’s been asked to comment repeatedly and that she felt a moral obligation to weigh in.

“One of my best friends of over 25 years, Louis C. K., masturbated in front of women,” Silverman said. “He wielded his power with women in fucked-up ways, sometimes to the point where they left comedy entirely.”

After pointing out that she could have used some sentimental stories of her friendship with Louis C.K. to smooth the edges of this decidedly uncomfortable story, she continued to tackle it head-on. “I love Louis,” she declared. “But Louis did these things. Both of those statements are true, so I just keep asking myself, ‘Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?’ I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims.”

Silverman also talked about the larger reckoning going on not only in Hollywood but throughout American culture, and noted that as more revelations emerge, the reckoning will continue to be ” messy and it’s complicated and it is going to hurt. But it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it.” She added, “Some of our heroes will be taken down, and we will discover bad things about people we like, or in some cases, people we love.”

With that in mind, we want to know what you think about the complicated aspects of people’s sexual misconduct being exposed. If one of your best friends of a quarter century admitted to committing the type of sexual misconduct that Louis C.K. confessed to, would you remain friends with him? We polled readers on Twitter about such a conundrum. Fifty percent of those who responded indicated that they would cut ties with a friend who engaged in the same behavior that Louis C.K. admitted to.

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