Saturday, November 11, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY LOUIS C.K. #METOO COMEDY CRISIS: WITCH HUNT OR LOCAL GENDER EQUALITY RECKONING?!?!
In the aftermath of jerky sexual misconduct revelations by renowned comedian Louis C.K., denizens of the Kansas City comedy scene and local progressive activists are abuzz with chatter regarding local implications.
As usual, our pal and TKC contributor Craig Glazer is at the center of the controversy thanks to a Facebook post he has since deleted.
Here's a look at the note which has now earned hundreds of shares and thousands of comments:
In an EXCLUSIVE TKC INTERVIEW with the Stanford and Sons Comedy Club Comedy club owner Craig Glazer, the local media mogul offers more insight into his social media statement that sparked a firestorm.
First off, a case of bad timing seems to be the initial point of controversy. The post was penned in the morning and the admission of Louis C.K. and his statement of regret wasn't reported until later in the afternoon.
Mr. Glazer explains his thinking:
"I had been getting a ton of calls to do interviews on the subject but I didn't want to do that . . . Looking around I noticed everyone jumping to conclusions and getting on their high horse. What I found strange is that no one had any real knowledge of the situation. My comment was from the perspective of someone who has actually worked with Louis C.K. and wants to know the whole story before I vilify anyone . . . On social media, the presumption of innocence is absolutely nonexistent. As of this moment, there's no criminal charge . . . That's where I was coming from with my comment."
Still, as a media insider, Craig Glazer offers a fact check regarding entertainment district reality . . .
"Context is important. We've all heard about the casting couch and women willingly using sex or their sexuality to get ahead. That's not to say that anyone deserves to be assaulted. In fact, I support women standing up for themselves and calling the police if they're attacked which makes a lot more sense then waiting years later to voice their concerns. As for the complaints about power relationships -- At the time of these allegations, Louis C.K. was not a very powerful entertainer and he couldn't have made much of an impact on the careers of these women one way or another. That is a fact. But more than that, I wanted to point out that most people aren't speaking from experience when they make these wild assertions about comedians."
Craig Glazer contends that he has always given the benefit of the doubt to his colleagues and this is backed up by another local controversy. In a recent story about a Kansas City comedian accused of murder, Craig Glazer served as the voice of reason in the story of Mike Smith - A JoCo comedian who now confronts suspicion of drug dealing and a related homicide.
"In that case, I said the same thing. Let's wait until the investigation is complete. Let's get both sides of the story before we rush to convict a guy," Mr. Glazer said. "When a mob really gets going, there are very few people willing to stand up and talk about fairness for everyone involved. In that sense, there is a witch hunt mentality that's rampant in social media which wants to paint everyone with the same brush because of a political disagreement. All of a sudden, if you have a reasonable argument with a person, you're cast as an enemy . . . It's a about silencing any questions and destroying the opposition, not creating a real conversation."
A final word from the Stanford & Sons owner on the controversy deserves to be highlighted . . .
Craig Glazer: "Louis C.K. obviously has some problems and needs some help. But the bigger deal here is that so many people are using this kind of issue to for their own political or personal gain. If you don't jump aboard their bandwagon then you also become a target - And that is the same kind of thinking that led to the Salem Witch Trials, Nazism and McCarthyism. The discussion has become so toxic that people would rather avoid it or just agree out of fear. People don't think that widespread (political) intimidation can happen in the U.S. but through the course of history we've seen it before and that same kind of threat is creeping up again . . . "
On the other hand . . .
A celebrated Kansas City female comedian disagrees with Mr. Glazer and casts him as an apologist . . . And much worse.
In a late night video, Susanna "Lucky-Deluxe" Lee shared a litany of details and accusations against not only Mr. Glazer but also calling out a host of comedians and comedy club owners throughout her career.
She later deleted her Facebook Live video but in the aftermath left her fans with this barb against Mr. Glazer and a joke . . .
TKC spoke with Lucky this afternoon and she offered big picture perspective on comedy scene indiscretion which she has encountered:
Susanna Lee Lucky-Deluxe: "This isn't just about Louis C.K. or Harvey Weinstein. The backward attitudes that work against females are prevalent in Kansas City and so many places across the country I've toured. Sooner or later, the people involved in this kind of behavior are going to have to answer for their actions."
In her late night live video, Lucky told one story after the next where fellow comedians and club owners had assaulted, harassed and intimidated her throughout the course of her career. She named names and offered examples of inappropriate touching, propositions and even attacks which she has endured. The stories culminated in a horrific scene she described in which she awoke to a colleague on top of her as she was forced to "play dead" in order to survive the attack.
Ms. Lee is taking time to organize her thoughts on this controversy with local implications and fans should look for more statements from her via Facebook.
Finally, the political aspect of this controversy threatens to bring nightlife entertainment talk into the light of day.
Former Missouri State Senate candidate and union leader Jessica Podhola has seized on the social media postings of Mr. Glazer and seems to want to hold him accountable.
While Ms. Podhola was unsuccessful in her bid for Statewide office and was defeated by a sound margin, she seems even more adamant and energized about this latest progressive movement.
Here's a glimpse of her calling out Stanfords . . .
And so, Craig Glazer remains one of the most high-profile denizens of Kansas City's entertainment industry amid changing times and worseing political divisions.
Following a torrent of social media uproar on the topic of comedy, misconduct and political correctness, it's unclear how things will wash out despite a flood of social media activism which hopes to change the culture and comedy scene of Kansas City.
Developing . . .