LOUIS C.K.: 'I'm An Accidental White Person'
On 16 April 2013
“I’m an Accidental White Person” said Louis C.K., the famous comedian and actor. He is actually inspired by Mexico since he lived there for 6 years but can you relate to his jokes as an American? Of course you can.
It’s not about where you’re from, where you live or who you are. It’s about having a decent 1% sense of humor and you’ll get him.
"Coming here and observing America as an outsider made me an observing person," C.K. says to Rolling Stone Magazine.
"I grew up in Boston and didn't get the accent, and one of the reasons is that I started in Spanish. I was a little kid, so all I had to do was completely reject my Spanish and my Mexican past, which is a whole lot easier because I'm white with red hair. I had the help of a whole nation of people just accepting that I'm white. Race doesn't mean what it used to in America anymore," he continues.
"It just doesn't. Obama's black, but he's not black the way people used to define that. Is black your experience or the color of your skin? My experience is as a Mexican immigrant, more so than someone like George Lopez. He's from California. But he'll be treated as an immigrant. I am an outsider.
My abuelita, my grandmother, didn't speak English. My whole family on my dad's side is in Mexico. I won't ever be called that or treated that way, but it was my experience."
C.K., 44, is ringing out a career year. “Louie” is a critically adored hit that blurs together edge comedy, a hint of drama and dark humor.
He became a comedian biting Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and George Carlin as his influences but we can see that he turned their humor into his own type of comedy.
It’s hard to digest a joke like “The Old Lady and a Dog” from his “Oh My God” stand-up special but he is bringing a new type of stand-up.
C.K., raised Catholic, occasionally pokes fun at religion in his comedy, and says he has "zero idea how everything got here.
First, when we heard him saying that he’s an accidental white person we thought he was referring to the fact that he should have been black (just joking). At the end we learned that he was talking about the Mexican man inside him and we were quite relived.
Everybody knows he’s not afraid to say what he thinks but racist. That seemed too much even for him.
Anyway, we will see more of him this year as he stars in “Blue Jasmine” – Woody Allen drama and “American Hustle” – a David Russel historical thriller.
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