I’d be willing to bet money he didn’t run that past a legal team. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that’s how he operates.
Additionally, I don’t think it’s fair to label it an apology and then criticize it for not being one. It is what it is… a confession and a statement of regret.
His apology should first be to those five women, and perhaps additional women, if any. The article stated that he had done some of that apologizing in the past which already differentiates him from other abusers. Now that this has blown up publicly, even more apologizing and making amends with those victims is in order. Then of course his family. After that, friends and professional relationships. After all that is sorted, maybe he should apologize to his fans or maybe not. I don’t know.
I mean, fuck, it’s not like there’s a huge chasm between his vulgar art and these vulgar acts. Unlike, say, Bill Cosby.
Earlier today I was thinking about his involvement with the show Better Things. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a raw and funny and illuminating show very much in the style of Louie but it does for women and motherhood what Louie did for men and fatherhood. Most of the credit for that goes to Pamela Adlon but the show wouldn’t exist without Louis. He created the template and co-writes the series.
I’ve been watching season 1 with my wife and teenage daughter and I see how valuable it is for both of them to watch an honest portrait of the mother/daughter dynamic. An episode about the teenage girl’s fears of the future really resonated with my daughter. So I don’t think of this show as mere entertainment, it helps me with parenting. Much of Louis CK’s work has been that valuable to me for close to a decade now.
I’m not saying any of this makes up for what he did. But it does factor into the moral equation that I’m processing. I never thought Harvey Weinstein was a good person but now I know he’s rotten. I used to think Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey were good people but now I don’t. I do still think Louis CK is a good person. I suspect he’ll continue to address this ugliness publicly in a positive and instructive way.