A parent whose daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting is outraged after Louis C.K. mocked the survivors of the tragic incident in a comedy set leaked online Sunday night. Taking to Twitter, Fred Guttenberg slammed the comedian for his insensitive joke.
“To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets,” the dad of 14-year-old victim Jaime Guttenberg wrote Monday morning. “My wife and I deal with loss every day. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?”
Guttenberg’s attack came after an audio clip of C.K.’s December 16 show was released on social media. In the set, C.K. mocks the Parkland survivors for advocating for stricter gun control following the February 14 massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, which is the deadliest school shooting in the history of the U.S.
He argues, “You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? How does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way.”
To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don't you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes? https://t.co/tZI9ThSciR
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 31, 2018
“Louis C.K. is someone who failed because of abusing people in the past,” Guttenberg told The Daily Beast. “And to try and make a comeback by abusing families like mine only makes him pathetic, disgusting, vile and gross, and he ought to go back to the hole he’s been hiding for the past two years.
Some of the survivors themselves have spoken up, too, like Aalayah Eastmond, who tweeted at the 51-year-old comedian, “Since you like making fun of me and other Parkland survivors behind closed doors, I’m right here if you want to talk.”
Hey Louis CK – since you like making fun of me and other Parkland survivors behind closed doors, I’m right here if you want to talk. Just try to keep it in your pants, ok?
— Aalayah Eastmond (@AalayahEastmond) December 31, 2018