The creator of "Parks and Recreation" has just apologized for having Louis C.K. on the show
In the wake of a recent New York Times feature detailing the accounts of five women who say that Louis C.K. performed sexual and lewd acts in front of them, the architect of Pawnee, Indiana has something to say. In a set of tweets, Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur has apologized for having Louis C.K. on the show six times over the run of seven seasons.
And even worse, if you remember, Louis C.K. played a love interest of the one and only beautiful land mermaid Leslie Knope. (If only we could get a quote from Future President Knope at a time like this.)
During Season 1 of Parks and Recreation, and then again for one episode of Season 4, Louis C.K. played Dave, a police officer interested in Leslie. They date a little bit, but eventually break it off when Dave is relocated. However, he still harbors feelings for Leslie. HOWEVER, Leslie has upgraded, and moved on to perfect human Ben Wyatt, and even though Dave tries to win her back, Leslie is like “shut this down.” Leslie was always the smartest.
Also please look at her face here:
Taking to Twitter, Schur first shared a link to the NYT story, writing, “Misogyny is a cancer. Harassment and abuse are that cancer metastasizing and going untreated. Stories like this being reported and printed are the first steps toward a cure.”
He then follows up by writing, “I don’t remember when I heard the rumors about him. But I’m sure it was before the last time he was on Parks and Rec. And that sucks. And I’m sorry.”
Responses to Schur’s tweets are filled with “thank you” and we’re going to echo that same sentiment here. It’s going to take a lot (a lot a lot) to process and heal following all the allegations that have come out in regard to sexual misconduct over the last few weeks — and owning up to a mistake, even if it is just using an actor on a comedy show, can go a long way. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this time.