You can't say comedian Louis C.K. held back in his monologue on the 40th anniversary season finale of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. The acerbic performer took on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, his "mild racism" and -- in the segment that elicited the most observably shocked response by the audience -- pedophiles and their compulsions to molest.
It was clear C.K. was going to go into controversial territory when he compared the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with his children fighting, saying about both, "You're being selfish bitches."
C.K. then moved on to his "mild racism," which he attributed to the 1970s. "It’s benign, it’s not aggressive," he said, providing examples:
- "I’ll notice if four black women are running a pizza place."
- "If, say, I’m in a hospital and the doctor’s from China or India, I’ll say, 'Good.'"
But the most controversial segment came when he described a child molester, Jean-Baptiste, in his neighborhood when he was a kid.
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C.K. began the segment with the uncontroversial observation that "child molesters are very tenacious people" because they persist in molesting even though the risks are high: "[T]here’s no life worse than being a caught child molester, and yet they still do it."
What produced audible gasps in the audience was his comparison of child molesters liking what they're doing to his liking Mounds candy bars. C.K. joked that he'd stop eating them if they would get him arrested: "They taste delicious, but they don’t taste as delicious as a young boy does."