Using humor to blast C.K., Manuel Oliver says that the disgraced comedian was using the tragic incident to divert attention from his sexual harassment allegations.
Parents of the Parkland shooting victims are apparently still hurt by the jokes that Louis C.K. made late last year. Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February last year, hit back at the disgraced comedian when he took to the stage to perform his stand-up routine.
Using humor to blast C.K., Oliver said that the funnyman was using the tragic incident to divert attention from his sexual harassment allegations. “Recently, I heard this great line from a comedian,” he began in a video. “He said, ‘If you want people to forget that you were jerking off, just make a joke about kids getting shot.’ And I thought, ‘Jokes about kids getting shot? I can do that!’ ”
Oliver then proceed to tell a story about a skinny kid who went to school on Valentine’s Day wearing headphones, seemingly referring to his own story. “You hear the one kid that walks into the school on Valentine’s Day?” he said. “Skinny kid wearing headphones gets dropped by his dad and he says, ‘I love you’ and gets out of the car and walks into the school and then gets shot to death a couple of hours later.”
“You guys ever heard dead baby jokes? I got a dead baby. His name was Joaquin Oliver. He was gonna be 18. But now he’s dead.” Oliver continued, before pausing for a moment. “And that’s not a joke.” After that, he walked off the stage.
The video is a part of promotional campaign for Chance the Ref, a nonprofit organization started by Oliver and his wife to help young people fight for gun control.
C.K. faced backlash after an audio of him making jokes about the Parkland shooting incident leaked online. He could be seen saying that the students who survived the incident were not interesting. “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,” he said. “Why does that make you interesting. You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way and now I gotta listen to you talking.”
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