Norm Macdonald Clarifies #MeToo, Louis C.K., Roseanne Barr Comments: ‘That’s Not What I Was Saying’
Norm Macdonald once again clarified his #MeToo comments after defending several of his pals like Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr, claiming that it wasn’t what he “was saying.”
The comments came Thursday during his appearance on “The View” over statements he made during an interview with Hollywood Reporter when he said he was “pleased to see that the #MeToo movement had slowed down a bit.” In the same interview, he defended his pals Louis C.K. and Barr, explaining that unlike the two comedians, the people they offended with their public comments hadn’t experienced “losing everything in a day.”
“Well, you know, print reporters — they ask you questions and then put them all together,” the 58-year-old comedian said. “What I was talking about was Chris Hardwick, a particular comedian, is a friend of mine. And if 500 women go against a man, obviously the guy is guilty. But in Chris Hardwick’s one, it’s one woman against one man.”
“So I was saying I thought it was good that the pendulum was slowing and Chris Hardwick has been as rehabilitated as he going to get,” he added.”Yet he still tells me he can’t walk down the street without people yelling stuff at him.”
Joy Behar responded that she agreed with him that there needs to be some kind of verification but aslo said that when “you imply that the hardship that your friend Louis C.K. … went through is equal to the hardship that the victims went through,” he lost her.
“Yeah, that’s not what I was saying,” the comedian replied. “When this happened with Roseanne, I called her the next day and she was crying the whole time I was talking to her. I’ve known Roseanne for a while, and I was worried about her because she seemed really, really in a bad place.”
I said, ‘I can’t talk to you about this, I’ve never been through anything like this, and I said I know Louis, and he’s been through this and has had everything taken from him …. you should talk to each other,” he added. “And [the reporter asked], ‘What about the victims?’ and I said, ‘Well, the victims haven’t gone through this.’ I was talking about this particular event. Of course, the victims have gone through worse than that. But am I going to get a victim to phone Roseanne?
During his appearance on the “The View,” Abby Hunstman then asked the former “Saturday Night Live” star about Macdonald’s attempt apologize for his comment, “You’d have to have Down Syndrome not to feel sorry for the victims.” Hunstman asked, “Do you regret saying that?”
“It’s always bad when you have to apologize for the apology,” Macdonald replied. “There used to be a word we would all say to mean stupid that we don’t say any more, right? You know the word I’m talking about? And, stupidly, I was about to say that word and I stopped and [thought] what the right word was to say, and I said a different word that was equally offensive. I realized at that moment that I had done something unforgivable.”
Later, he said he’s been surprised with the reaction to his comments because he doesn’t “want to be tossed in with people that actually did, not crimes, but sins. You know, I barely have consensual sex.” (He got a laugh from the ladies at the table and the audience.)