Louis CK’s transgressions cannot be forgotten, argues Liz Shannon Miller of Indie Wire. His return to a New York comedy club less than a year since his sexual abuse allegations surfaced showed that he still hasn’t learned his lesson. He even included a joke about rape whistles, which indicates a lack of change in his attitudes. CK's desire to return to normalcy so quickly is reflective of a wider entertainment culture where men in power are able to get away with horrible behavior, while highly talented women remain marginalized. The #MeToo movement ensures that abusive men aren't let off the hook without being held accountable.
While the offenses of powerful men need to be punished, there also needs to be a line between what is forgivable and what is not, writes Robyn Urback of CBC. What Louis CK did was terrible, but it was not comparable to the transgressions of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby or Chris Brown, the latter of which has slowly but surely been re-integrated into the music industry. There should be a path to redemption for the men that use their appalling behavior to learn and change their overall behavior. If they don’t, they should remain ostracized, but the #MeToo movement needs to remember that even men who do bad things can change. Forgiveness shouldn’t be off-limits.