James Corden Talks Louis C.K.’s Controversial Saturday Night Live Monologue: “It’s Alright to Be Offended”

James Corden and Louis C.K.
James Corden commented on Louis C.K.'s controversial opening monologue from Saturday Night Live.  Mike Marsland/WireImage; Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Either way, it’s okay! New host of The Late Late Show James Corden talked about the fine line between offensive content and boundary-pushing comedy during the CBS Summer Press Day on Monday, May 18. 

The British jokester was asked about the recent controversy surrounding Louis C.K.’s opening monologue on Saturday Night Live on May 16. Corden, 36, doesn’t think there’s any right answer. 

“I think it’s a constant, it’s a constant discussion,” he said. “I mean, I don’t think it’s for me to say. All I could say is that it’s alright to be offended. It’s okay!”

Corden went on to note that he wasn’t personally offended by the FX star’s stand-up routine. 

“But it’s okay to be!” he continued. “Ultimately, I think we all withhold the right to offend or be offended. Like somehow being offended has become a thing — like, okay, you’re offended, in the same way that you’re hungry. You know what I mean? You are offended, it doesn’t mean — that’s it!”

Louis C.K.’s stand-up touched on his “mild racism,” Palestine and Israel (which he compared to his young kids in a fight), and finally child molesters. 

"Child molesters are very tenacious people," he said. "They love molesting childs. It's crazy. It's like their favorite thing. When you consider the risk of being a child molester — there is no worse life available to a human than being a caught child molester. And yet they still do it! Which you could only really surmise, that it must be really good." 

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