When viewing Louie’s romantic history and lining up these female
characters’ stories side by side, it is reasonable to say that the show
perpetuates the idea that women are irrational, crazy, indecisive,
and universally impossible to figure out, and whether this is a
reflection of Louie’s experience of them or some more “objective”
accounting of events may matter little. Because the series doesn’t
follow any strict format and includes a lot of other strange and
perplexing characters, one could also easily argue that the intent of
the creative team is for viewers to interpret these woman as
separate entities instead of using their depictions to fuel a
generalization about women.
C.K. himself addressed a female viewer’s complaints about
his episode “And So Did the Fat Lady,” which features Vanessa
(Sarah Baker’s) heartbreaking monologue about the realities of
“dating in your early thirties as a fat girl”:
After I made the episode about the fat girl, I read a
blog post by a young woman who was furious. She
said, “I’ve been talking about this all these years
and nobody gives a shit. The fact that this guy’s
being carried around on people’s shoulders by
some feminists makes me sick to my stomach.”
And I read it and I was like, “You’re totally right. I
completely see that. Would that make me go, I better not
touch that note again? It’s the opposite. It’s exciting to
be a flash point. It’s a valid thing to have your
feelings violated and hurt. Sorry, but it is.”
(Marchese).
In this quote, C.K. appears to use the logic of the rule-breaking
nature of comedy and the ambiguity of Louie to welcome negative
feedback from women while simultaneously excusing the show’s
repetition of negative stereotypes. Generalizations about women
as perpetuated by the media are impossible to ignore, however, so
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