Actor and comedian Norm Macdonald recently came under fire for some comments he made regarding the #MeToo movement. The comments he made have even cost him a slot on the Tonight Show. A Tonight Show spokesperson said it “decided to cancel Macdonald’s appearance in light of his comments in the press and “out of sensitivity to our audience.”
What exactly did Norm Macdonald say?
The Saturday Night Live alumni told The Hollywood Reporter that he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit.” The actor also commented on his friends Louis C.K and Roseanne Barr who recently have had their own public controversies. “Roseanne was so broken up [after her show’s reboot was canceled] that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that,” Macdonald said. “But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.” The comments instantly generated negative feedback, and in the age of the internet, it is hard to hide from the general public. Macdonald’s now-canceled appearance on the Tonight Show is just one of many recent instances where public figures have been held accountable for their words and actions. Macdonald is set to premiere his new Netflix show titled Norm Macdonald has a show on September 14th. Time will tell if his comments will hinder any viewership of the new program on the popular streaming service.
Norm Macdonald apologized over Twitter.
After the immense backlash, Macdonald took to social media to communicate his apologies. His tweet read “Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years. They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.”
Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years. They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 11, 2018