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Clarence Page: Louis C.K. cancels his cancellation, is it OK to laugh now?

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Compared to the instant shock of watching Will Smith slap Chris Rock at the Academy Awards, the Recording Academy seemed to be delivering a quieter but just as profound slap to cancel culture a week later when it awarded a Grammy to embattled comedian Louis C.K.

Born Louis Szekely, C.K. was one of the nation’s most successful comedians until November 2017, when he admitted to masturbating in front of four female colleagues, according to a New York Times investigation, and a fifth who said he had asked to do so.

“These stories are true,” he admitted in an apologetic statement. “The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

He sounded contrite enough. But, as kinks go, this particular offense was too bizarre for a lot of us to imagine, let alone forgive.

So, after multiple awards, including two other Grammys and six Primetime Emmys, C.K.’s rising stardom crashed. His standup career stopped. HBO purged his previous projects from its on-demand service. A planned appearance on “The Late Show with........

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