Comedian Norm Macdonald is facing pushback after suggesting to The Hollywood Reporter that people called out as abusers during the #MeToo movement had suffered more than their alleged victims. In particular, he alluded to his close friend, comedian Louis C.K., who recently made his first return to comedy since he admitted to forcing women comedians to watch him masturbate last November, as well as Roseanne Barr, who lost control of her rebooted sitcom, Roseanne, after a series of unhinged and racist tweets.
“There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day,” said MacDonald. “Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.”
While Roseanne’s abrupt downfall had no connection to the #MeToo movement, the cancelation of her show directly impacted Macdonald, who had been slated to serve as a writer on the reboot — paving the way for him to pursue his new Netflix talk show, Norm Macdonald Has a Show. In addition to defending Barr and Louis C.K., Macdonald also spoke up on behalf of Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick, who had his AMC talk show suspended after his ex-girlfriend, actress Chloe Dykstra, accused him of sexual and emotional abuse.
“I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit,” said the 58-year-old comedian. “It used to be, ‘One hundred women can’t be lying.’ And then it became, ‘One woman can’t lie.’ And that became, ‘I believe all women.’ And then you’re like, ‘What?’ Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.”
Macdonald, who had been making the rounds in order to promote Norm Macdonald Has a Show, has already seen a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show canceled as a result of his controversial comments. The comedian has since issued an apology over Twitter, writing that he never meant to “defend” the actions of Louis C.K. and Barr and that “if my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.”