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Louis C.K. Explains to His Daughters that Huckleberry Finn is a Racist (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 22nd 2011 8:00AM
'Louie'On 'Louie' (Thu., 10:30PM ET on FX) this week Louis C.K. used his stand-up act to give his opinion on one of the most famous characters in U.S. literature: Huckleberry Finn.

Unlike Tom Sawyer, who's "a nice kid," Huck Finn is "a dirty little homeless, little white-trash creep" who just won't quit dropping the n-bomb.

Explaining Huck's unacceptable language choices to his daughters, Louis could have told them how and why language mores change over the years, but instead he did what many dads do when having awkward conversations with their daughters.

He took a short cut. He simply summed up Mark Twain's most famous characters in one sentence: "These boys are racists and are not nice boys."

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Rufus Jones

Louis Szekely obviously hasn't read HUCKLEBERRY FINN. If he did, he completely missed the point.

One of the important elements of HUCK FINN is the inverse relationship between (a) the status of the characters in society and (b) how morally they behave. "****** Jim" is by far the kindest and most decent person in the book. White trash Huck is the only other character with any sense of decency to others-- he knows socierty doesn't want him to help Jim, but he values Jim so highly that he does it anyway.

The word limit prevents me from going through every other character in the book, but the higher-toned they are-- or the more willing to pass judgment about niggers and white trash-- the worse they behave. The rich and judgmental Widow Douglas sells Jim's family down the river. High-class Tom Sawyer-- who knows Jim has been freed-- lets him languish in captivity so he can enact one of his silly plots. The people who think most highly of themselves (Pap, the King and the Duke) behave the most vilely. Twain constructs a complex and brilliant social satire-- astonishing for the period that it was published-- and of course he uses bad language to do it.

To have this brilliant novel judged harshly by the sub-moron who wrote and directed POOTIE TANG-- a crass, incoherent 80-minute minstrel show sketch that reinforces every negative racial stereotype in the book-- is the height of arrogance. Szekely likes to pretend that his racist claptrap doesn't represent his real views (as if having final cut could have improved that trash one iota), but he defended Gilbert Gottfried for making jokes about the tsuinami and meltdown in japan and Tracy Morgan for repeatedly making vile, homphobic slurs. Szekely has told interviewers that he 'has a lot of respect" for Andrew Dice Clay.

Szekely's act has included jokes about rape and wife-beating, and if I remember correctly, drunk driving. The guy is an unregenerate scumbag, whose opinions are ignorant and hateful about virtually every topic. He's a modern-day geek who isn't intellectually qualified to clean Mark Twain's chamber pot, and should refrain from talking about any subject more enlightened than his testicles and his colon.

July 22 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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limonflavr

It's comedy, not a book report.

July 25 2011 at 8:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
annabelleo11

Louis C.K. is such a jerk--- this was written in the 19th century-- a word like racist wasn't even used then. Stop criticizing Mark Twain and grow up. An idiot like you criticizing a great writer like Twain is just ridiculous. You are not a comic, you are a panderer.

July 22 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Luis Angel Gonzalez

Shut up dummy, it's a comedy bit.

September 23 2011 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luis Angel Gonzalez

"Not a comic" but a panderer? Dude, you know about as much about Louis C.K. as he knows about Mark Twain.
That's fair to say,

September 23 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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