The role of comedians in our society is to make light out of serious subjects, but James Corden’s recent comments have people thinking – has he taken it too far this time?
The entertainer, well known for his series “Carpool Karaoke” made jokes Saturday night at the American Foundation for AIDS Research Gala, and they did not go over well with fans.
At one point, Corden said, “Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.” His humor was met with nervous laughter, but he pressed on, the AV Club reports. Corden continued, “It has been weird this week, though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath.”
The comedian’s remarks came in response to the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault towards television and film mogul, Harvey Weinstein. More than 40 women have now come forward with accusations, CNN reports.
Many celebrities agreed with audience members that the jokes were insensitive and made far too soon. Others wondered if the jokes should have been made at all. Actress Asia Argento turned to social media to criticize Corden. “Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him,” she tweeted.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 15, 2017
Corden apologized in a series of tweets after his humor was poorly received.
“To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention,” the tweets read.
This instance is not the first time that Corden has been a controversial figure in the spotlight. Fans are not quick to forget a photo of him kissing former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, after the politician made a surprise appearance at last month’s Emmy Awards.
The photo provoked backlash accusing Corden and other entertainers of normalizing the controversial decisions of President Trump’s administration. Corden gave an apology on “The Late Late Show” the night after the Emmy Awards, but fans didn’t think it was enough, Vanity Fair reported.
Corden has been silent on Twitter since his apology for Saturday night.