Louis C.K. bows out of DC political event after Greta Van Susteren threatens boycott

Van Susteren had linked to comments in her blog postg that the comedian had made about Saran Palin that, admittedly, are pretty harsh.

The focus on Louis CK and HBO host Bill Maher's come as Rush Limbaugh continues to be in a semi-state of free fall, with advertisers (45 local and national as of Friday) fleeing the controversial conservative icon's three hour nationally syndicated radio show after calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute," among other things.

Conservatives have called on President Obama's Super PAC to return the $1 million that Maher gave to it last week, saying he has made offensive comments about women and Palin in particular.

On his HBO show Friday night Maher defended himself by saying he was a comedian, saying "I am a potty mouth. That’s different from a misogynist. I will admit to being a potty mouth,” he said. “If I offended women I’m sorry, I have no problem saying I’m sorry.

About his specific comments about Palin, Maher added: “I don’t know why women would want to ally themselves with Sarah Palin, I don’t know why an insult to her is an insult to all women, but if it is I’m sorry.”

Maher acknowledged that he had received a tremendous amount of backlash for actually defending Limbaugh. He addressed that on Real Time on Friday night.

“I tweeted that people like Rush Limbaugh — who I absolutely disagree with, I’ve never said a good word about him, I did a whole monologue about what an a—hole he is — I said I don’t like it that people are made to disappear when they say something, or people try to make them disappear when they say something you don’t like. That’s America, sometimes you’re made to feel uncomfortable.”

"No one died. A guy made a bad joke. A bad joke because it was a disgusting sentiment that he was evoking, and also because it wasn’t even a joke. He’s a stupid fat f—k who’s not funny.”

“It annoys me that people who cannot keep to dispirit thoughts in their own mind lump me in together with him and say I’m defending him. I’m not defending him, I‘m defending living in a country where people don’t have to be afraid that they might go out of the bounds for one minute.."

Tampa Bay area fans will get a chance to appreciate Bill Maher in the flesh later this year, as it was announced over the weekend that the satirist will appear at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on August 30, right around the time that Mitt Romney will be giving his acceptance speech approximately 25 miles away at the Times Bay Times Forum on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

  • Louis C.K

Last Thursday Fox News host Greta Van Susteren blogged that she was going to boycott attending the 68th annual Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents dinner because comedian Louis C.K was hosting.

Van Susteren wrote:

The headliner of this year’s Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner is “comedian” Louis C.K. Comedian? I don’t think so. Pig? yes.

He uses filthy language about women…..yes, the C word…and yes, even to describe a woman candidate for Vice President of the United States. It isn’t just Governor Palin he denigrates. He denigrates all women and looks to the crowd to laugh.

I refuse to show any support for this guy or for the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner Committee who hired him. I think the organization that hired him is just as bad as he is. It is no secret that he denigrates women.

Late on Friday, Louis C.K said he was backing out of hosting the Washington D.C. shindig.

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