When James Corden took to the podium as host at Friday’s amfAR Gala, attendees expected to laugh at the comedian’s set. But when Corden told several Harvey Weinstein jokes following the flood of celebrities coming forward with their personal assault stories, he received more groans from the audience than laughter.
In a video from the amfAR Gala tweeted out by Chris Gardener from The Hollywood Reporter, The Late Late Show host joked about Weinstein inviting women up to his hotel room to then pressure them into sexual acts.
The comments received backlash from many social media users who felt that Corden’s jokes made light of the very real and traumatizing assault and harassment experiences of so many women, and Corden has since issued an apology.
Corden’s apology started a debate and conversation among his friends and followers. One such follower noted that it’s less about what Corden intended with his joke and more about his “error in judgement.”
Meanwhile, actress Kristin Chenoweth came to Corden’s defense and pointed out that he did not shame the victims, but instead shamed Weinstein, the abuser.
While we understand that Corden likely in no way intended to shame or diminish the victims’ experiences and very likely meant to make a pointed swing at Weinstein and his actions, it’s safe to say that the jokes missed their mark. However, we’re also glad that Corden addressed and clarified his comments, and we hope he uses this as a learning moment going forward.