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Norm Macdonald: There's 'no forgiveness' in #MeToo
Norm Macdonald is chiding the "Me Too" movement, saying it allows for "no forgiveness" for people who've admitted wrongdoing.
"I'm happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit," Macdonald says in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday.
"It used to be, 'One hundred women can't be lying.' And then it became, 'One woman can't lie.' And that became, 'I believe all women.' And then you're like, 'What?' " adds the comedian and host of "Norm Macdonald has a Show," which premieres on Friday.
"The model used to be admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition, and then we give you a second chance," says Macdonald, a "Saturday Night Live" alum. "Now it's admit wrongdoing and you're finished."
"And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That's not healthy - that there is no forgiveness."
Macdonald, 58, is a close friend with fellow comic Louis C.K. Last year, the former "Louie" star admitted to accusations of sexual misconduct made against him by multiple women, leading to the cancellation of a scheduled Netflix comedy special and the release of a film.
C.K. recently made his first stand-up appearance of the year, drawing ire from those who thought he had not spent enough time out of the spotlight.
"I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it," Macdonald predicted. "That's my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to."
Macdonald was also a writer on the reboot of "Roseanne." The ABC hit was abruptly canceled earlier this year after its star, Roseanne Barr, tweeted a racist message about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Macdonald says "very few people" have experienced having their entire career derailed in a single day.
"Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that."
While the performer says his Netflix show will stay far away from politics, Macdonald weighed in on the current climate under President Trump.
"I don't know anything about the Constitution. But it seems that the framers of this republic figured out how to make it bulletproof to this type of interloper," Macdonald said. "I don't know what [lasting damage] you could point to except, you know, the Supreme Court judge nomination, which is certainly not an anomaly: I mean, a right-wing guy is going to put in a right-wing guy."
Asked about Trump and the "emboldening of racism," Macdonald replied, "I live in L.A., where I'm always faced with the lunacy of the left. I didn't know that the same lunacy existed on the right. So I never really bought into this notion that everybody is racist - because there was a black president, you know?"
Macdonald credited Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime series, "Who is America?" with being a "frightening eye-opener."
"I was also in a bubble, but in a different way," said Macdonald. "I guess everyone is a f---ing idiot. Everyone is an idealogue. Hopefully the pendulum will slow down in the next four years."