Comedian Norm MacDonald talked about his concerns with the #MeToo era and revealed that he convinced his friend Louis CK to call Roseanne Barr to pity his show being canceled.
"I'm happy that the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit," MacDonald told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview to promote his new talk show that opens on Netflix on Friday.
MacDonald, 58, said he believed the movement to expose sexual misconduct in the workplace had derailed in the year since the bomb accusations against Harvey Weinstein inaugurated the #MeToo era.
It used to be, & # 39; One hundred women can not be lying & # 39; And then he became & A woman can not lie & # 39; And that became "I believe in all women," MacDonald said.
Comedian Norm MacDonald (above) has talked about his concerns with the #MeToo era
"And then you think:" What? "Like that guy from Chris Hardwick, I really thought he had the blunt end of the stick there," he continued.
Hardwick, the host of AMC's The Talking Dead, was investigated by the network after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra raised allegations of abuse in a blog post, but was eventually reinstated in the program after she refused to participate on the research.
MacDonald commented that, while in the past, admitting wrongdoing and showing repentance could allow a celebrity to overlook some types of misconduct, but he said that now, admitting wrongdoing is a professional career.
"That's not healthy, there's no forgiveness," he said, noting that he had seen the impact on two friends, Barr and CK.
CK was embarrassed last November by the revelation that she had masturbated repeatedly in front of female comics, claiming that she admitted to asking for permission before showing her member.
Barr's fall from grace came in May, when he tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, a close adviser to Barack Obama who is black, was like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes has a baby & # 39;
Barr apologized profusely and claimed that he thought the light-skinned Jarrett was white. But ABC quickly canceled the successful reboot of its homonymous sitcom.
"And Roseanne was so devastated that I had to call her Louis, although Roseanne was very hard on Louis before then," MacDonald said, referring to the fact that Barr had publicly published rumors of CK's masturbatory behavior long before it became knowledge. public. .
"But I was so devastated and I just cried constantly, there are very few people who have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day, of course, people will say: 'And the victims?' You know, the victims did not have to go through that, "MacDonald said.
MacDonald, who wrote for the original series of Barr's television series, said she did not think she was racist at all, and that her opposition to Obama focused on her support for Israel.
After the interview was published, MacDonald was forced to apologize on Twitter when he was attacked for allegedly disrespecting the victims of Barr and CK's actions.
"Roseanne and Louis have been very good friends of mine for many years," MacDonald wrote.
"They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions, if my words sounded as if I were minimizing the pain their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry."