Liberal comedian slammed for past pedophilia jokes blames Russia for ‘coordinated attack’
Liberal comedian Michael Ian Black came under fire by conservatives in recent days for a series of offensive past tweets referencing pedophilia and child abuse — but Black has a theory about why his old tweets have suddenly come to light again.
Today, right wing Twitter came after me out of the blue (again) because they took offense to a bunch of jokes I’ve made over the years (again). Why now? I suspect it has something to do with me asking @dloesh all week about Russian money-laundering at the NRA, but can’t prove it.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 22, 2018
Black tweeted that “right wing Twitter” came after him “out of the blue” over tweets he posted years ago and reasoned that the timing was a bit suspect because he had recently been talking about “Russian money-laundering at the NRA.”
Some lady just changed her baby boy's diaper right in front if everybody at the gate. Unimpressive penis.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 4, 2013
In one of his tweets, which is still online, Black jokes that he is hosting 11-year-old girls at his home and that he is “terrified their parents will find out.” In another, he jokes that he doesn’t like watching the kids show iCarly “because there is nobody on that show I want to molest.”
What is the exact length of time my children can give me back-rubs before it gets creepy?— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 5, 2010
The offensive tweets were compiled and began appearing online over the weekend. It was unclear who exactly was sifting through the archive of Black's tweets, but they began to circulate more quickly when conservative commentator Mike Cernovich posted them to his Twitter page on Saturday, saying it was part of his “reporting on pedophiles.”
Another Hollywood pedophile.— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) July 21, 2018
Will the media attack me for this?
I don’t care at this point. If you want to ban me for reporting on pedophiles, I’ll suffer that fate. pic.twitter.com/PiQJUH44B5
Cernovich also tweeted that he had compiled “a database of over 100 verified Hollywood liberals” who have made child rape jokes.
Despite airing his suspicions that Russia was responsible for highlighting his tweets making jokes about pedophilia, Black did admit the he “can’t prove” it was Russia at all. In a subsequent tweet, however, he wrote: “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the week I go hard after the NRA for being a mob front for Russia, I get this coordinated attack.”
The controversy follows the firing of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn by Disney over similarly disturbing tweets about pedophilia and rape which were also highlighted by Cernovich and fellow conservative Jack Posobiec. Gunn deleted thousands of his old tweets and posted a statement saying that he has grown as a person and is “very, very different” than he was a few years ago.
Black, on the other hand, was less apologetic, tweeting that he didn’t care if people came after him for jokes he made in the past. “You want to shit on me for some bad jokes. Have at it. My hands are clean,” he wrote.
So be it, fuckers. I know what I’ve done in my life. And I know what you’ve done in yours. The NRA is a terrorist organization culpable in tens if not hundreds of thousands of American deaths. You want to shit on me for some bad jokes. Have at it. My hands are clean.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 22, 2018
But Twitter wasn’t entirely satisfied with that response, and Black faced some serious backlash for his jokes.
Why now? Because you leftists act like punks and portray yourself as holding the high ground while all along you were writing pedo jokes. Dude hate to break it to you but no one likes a victim.— Tim (@goplonewolf) July 22, 2018
Why do people find it funny to make sexual jokes about kids? It is not edgy or funny, it is gross and disturbing. It makes me wonder what is not screwed on right in their head to think about jokes like this involving children. Hollywood is full of some real sickos!— Padraven (@Padraven22) July 21, 2018
So are you saying that people don’t have the right to free speech in regard to their disdain for jokes about child molestation because it infringes upon your right to make jokes about child molestation?— PatriotVeteran (@Silentbrew) July 23, 2018
Why is normalizing acting upon pedophila (child rape and molestation) with humor and breaking that taboo funny to you? Whom do you seek to empower? And at whose expense?— SG (@GREENESJ333) July 23, 2018
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