Last week, comedian, Louis CK “apologised” for masturbating in front of five women against their will.
“At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d**k without asking first, which is also true,” the 50-year-old said in a statement acknowledging his actions.
“The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
For many people, this was enough. CK was the first of a suite of sexual harassers recently exposed to the masses who acknowledged his actions.
But while his words shone in comparison to the statements of denial and misplaced blame made by fellow Hollywood sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, it’s the words he left out that would have meant the most.
Two words: I’m sorry.
Louis CK’s statement is so good we almost didn’t realize he never once used the words “I’m sorry.”
— Almie Rose (@AlmieRose) November 10, 2017
So that Louis CK statement uses the words “admired,” “admiration,” “power” or “powerful” in reference to him five times and includes the words “sorry” or “apologize” zero times.
— Bonnie Stiernberg (@aahrealbonsters) November 10, 2017