Funny or Fucked Up? June 19, 2009Posted by Onely in As If!, Food for Thought, Look What Google Barfed Up, YouTube Style.
Tags: Louis C.K., responsible married, singles humor, singles stereotype, singlism, when single people die
My sister sent me this video of comedian Louis C.K. “On Single People”.
Is he being sarcastic about the stereotype of the “worthless single soul”, to show that married people’s lives can be equally (or more) horrid than single people’s? At first I thought so, because he certainly describes married life as terrible. He’s very self-deprecating about his status. So I laughed to hear him describe how I (for instance) could leave my obnoxious boyfriend with a phone call, but as a married man LCK would need hair bleach and a plane ticket to do the same thing. Because to an extent, that’s true.
However, I also believe that self-deprecation is actually a way of patting onesself on the back. Therefore now I feel that maybe LCK is comparing his married life to a single’s life so that he comes out looking necessary and responsible, even though he’s supposedly complaining about the pressures and problems of having a wife and kids. That would make this video singlist after all.
Regardless of LCK’s actual intention, though, most disturbing is the reaction of the audience and commenters, to whom I can’t attribute nebulous artistic intentions. When he begins his bit with “I don’t give a shit about single people”, someone claps–before LCK has even gotten to the (possibly) ironic part! And if you look at the comments below the video, you can see a couple viewers took him at face value (“yes that’s exactly how single people sound”, for example).
Copious Readership, what do you think? Is LCK deconstructing myths about singledom or coupledom or both? Is he perpetuating stereotypes about singles or couples or both? Is he funny or fucked up?