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Peterson and McConaughey mostly avoided political topics, but at one point, Peterson offered his thoughts on comedian Louis C.K.In 2017, C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by five women who said that he had masturbated in front of them or attempted to. C.K. later admitted the allegations were true in a statement.
Following the scandal, C.K. was dropped by his manager, and Netflix, FX and HBO cut ties with the comic. The filmI Love You, Daddy, which he starred in and directed, was also scrapped.
“If flawed people were incapable of creativity we wouldn’t have any creativity,” Peterson said. He then brought up C.K., who Peterson said was ‘pilloried terribly,’ suggesting he didn’t deserve the treatment he received from fans and the media. “Well there’s plenty of people that do unseemly things but very few of them are as masterful a comedian as Louis C.K.”
Peterson said it’s unhelpful to dismiss people simply because they are flawed. “Yes, I think you’re leaning into a lot of what we call cancel culture today,” said McConaughey.
McConaughey added that cancel culture should shift focus to rehabilitation. “In the name of rehabilitation, we have to have a world in which we’re able to grow and evolve if that’s what we’re trying to do,” he said. “I’m not for repeat offenders or tyrants but if someone screws up and sincerely wants retribution, I think it’s fair to give it to those people.”