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Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall has an interview with Louis CK up. And since it's Louis CK,  and he's one of the best at making the funnies, it goes without saying that it's an excellent read. Much of it is dedicated to his process in writing and producing Louie -- all of which is worth checking out here -- but especially worth reading is his discussion of the backlash he faced when going on his drunken Twitter rampage against Sarah Palin. It went all the way to the White House.

If you need a refresher on those tweets, here they are. Timeless.

And here's the snippet from Sepinwall's interview. Again, the whole interview is worth reading. You should do that.


I follow you on Twitter and there are these times on occasion where if you’re on an airplane and Sarah Palin comes up and...

I don’t do that anymore.

Why not?

Well, I’m not what I used to be.  It’s been a big year and... I don’t know.  I don’t know man.  I’m very ambivalent about it. That’s why I did it a couple of times. 

Yeah?

The first time I did it I thought, "I should not have done that. I’m not going to do it again."  And then I did it again because I thought, "Fuck these people."  Who says you can’t say something, you know?  How fucking sacred is this person who’s never contributed one thing to anyone’s life but her own?  And not even thinking about her politically or whatever she represents, it’s just that she’s just a coarse, selfish person who has ferocious protection and it makes no sense to me.  I just open my open my stupid Twitter mouth and said these fucked up things and to me, it was coming out poetry.  The first time I did it I was giggling so much because it felt poetic to me.  I could have been anybody.  It could have been Danny Glover or somebody.  It didn’t matter, and then I got a little scared.  Somebody e-mailed me saying that a White House correspondent—some huge journalist—wrote to a friend of mine.  Like this is within a few minutes.  It’s so weird, I’m on an airplane and I’m writing these things and then an e-mail comes up during the flight saying, "I just got this from this White House correspondent:  'Tell your friend he better stop or he’s going to put himself in a lot of trouble.'"  Like somebody goes in the fucking White House and took the time to go, "This guy’s got to stop; he’s going to hurt himself."  And I was like, "I don’t feel like that’s true, but enough people are saying it."  And then I got an e-mail from somebody very high up at FX that said, "We need you to stop." I was like, "Holy shit!  What is this?"  But I’ve never been this before.  I’ve never been this 2nd season guy.  I’ve never had this level. Also this Twitter thing is fucked up that I have over a quarter of a million followers and it’s something that doesn’t feel like it.  Your writing something that a quarter of a million people are getting it instantly.  More personally and directly than they do a TV show that’s on in a corner of the bedroom. It's like I called them on the phone and said that Sarah Palin has Chinese people living in her cunt, you know?  So that context has caught up with me a little bit.  Like, this is not what I thought it was when I was doing it, and so it’s not that I’m afraid of her. By the way, I said something that I think is true, I wrote one Twitter that I said, please find me a picture of Sarah Palin with more than one black person because I couldn’t find one.  And then she went to Haiti a week later.  She threw together a trip to Haiti.  So I believe I made that happen.  So that’s positive.



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