Written by: Sahar Adri
Louie CK comes to the defense of NYC Mayor… supposedly
One of the most influential and household names in comedy today, may have come to the defense of current NYC mayor Bill de Blasio. This past Tuesday, Louie CK may have called into the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC to express his disappointment on how the press has been portraying de Blasio. I say may, because the caller identified himself as “Louie from the village.” So it could be someone else, even though it sounds exactly like Louis CK and he’s essentially been seen stalking the mayor over the last month. Maybe its not him? But it probably is. Or is it?
Yea, it pretty much is. Louie has been seen hovering around the Mayoral office on several occasions. He’s appeared in the mayor’s skit at a charity dinner this year and has been seen following the Mayor for several days over the past 2 weeks, with de Blasio’s permission of course, claiming to be there on “official comedy business”. Louis says he’s doing research for an upcoming mystery project. Maybe Louie’s character on FX’s Louie runs for mayor! But after a video goes viral of him eating a Cinnabun while crying alone in a JFK terminal, they all hate him even though he’s doing a great for the city. Oh Louie louie louie….
Louie has recently traveled with de Blasio to an appearance in Brownsville, BK and showed up at a state budget meeting before exploring City Hall. As C.K. told the Times, “I don’t know what it is yet. I’m just messing around with something, and we’ll see how it goes.” Louie of course has removed himself from twitter so it is difficult to track his moves, but he recently called into the WYNC radio show to defend the mayor. Louie claims that the press has been purposely fixating on the mayors poor “optics.” As per usual, Louie says it best.
Here is a loose transcript:
“Hi there. You know I really like this mayor and it’s bothered me that there’s sort of a culture of clickbait in the news right now, that only little negative stories get attention and the idea that the criticism of this mayor is that he doesn’t go out and hold rallies to prove how great he’s doing, and that he doesn’t exert a massive effort that other mayors have to have the perception of how well he’s doing… To me that’s a huge waste of time.
“I don’t want a mayor that spends all his time bragging and taking victory laps. You want a guy or a woman who just does good and then moves onto the next thing. But the press today, they don’t make any money on articles about ‘look this job number’s up.’ They make money on articles about, ‘Hey look at this little pointless gaffe that the mayor did. Shouldn’t he have sent someone to this rally?’ None of that matters but it’s all that these guys write about.
“I’m a little disappointed in the New York Times, which is my newspaper, for writing an article that says that those things accumulate to a real negative because I don’t think they are. I don’t think they impact people’s lives. Those are about the horse race and, you know, the way most politicians run their entire lives, is looking after those little things so that they can ignore the big things. So they don’t have to take on the cops, so they don’t have to try big moves which are sometimes embarrassing and difficult and unpopular with powerful people. That’s all I have to say about it. I really like this mayor i think he deserves a better chance than he’s getting.”
He was referring to a spate of reports portraying the 54-year-old mayor as out of touch, including stories about his 90-minute-plus workout at a Brooklyn gym last week during a police standoff with a career criminal who burned his Staten Island house and shot a firefighter who came to investigate. De Blasio currently has a 40% disapproval rating and has been bashed for the way he handled Uber’s integration into NYC. However on the upside, he has a 44% approval rating and has done a lot of good by adding 20,000 new units to affordable housing. At the end of the day its a tough job and de Blasio needs all the help he can get in order to look better in the public eye. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to get some support from everyone’s favorite village idiot.