Just 10 months after stepping away from the limelight, Louis made a dramatic, unannounced return to the stage Monday night.

Less than a year ago, Louis C.K. doing a surprise stand-up bit at New York’s Comedy Cellar would have been a fun surprise for fans in attendance. But it wouldn’t have made news.

Today, it’s one of the biggest stories in the country right now.


It was only 10 months ago in November 2017 that Louis was revealed to have committed several acts of sexual misconduct. He took responsibility for his behavior and disappeared entirely from the public stage.

No one knew if he’d ever come back and what would happen if he did.

On Monday night, he reportedly received a standing ovation from those in attendance during his brief set, details of which are still emerging.

Comedians were quick to react online and the reaction was far less favorable.

The reaction was fierce with many women, and men, saying this isn’t how Louis should have done it.

One of the few prominent comedians to defend Louis’ return was Michael Ian Black, whose tweet welcoming Louis back set off a major firestorm across social media.

Black has been a long-standing advocate for women's rights, but many people were not happy with him seemingly taking the side of Louis. Black later tried to explain the nuance of his tweets but acknowledged people would not be happy.

As the #MeToo movement continues to evolve, we’re still figuring out how to handle the next stage. Men like Louis will be examples no matter what - whether they are good or bad ones is up to them.

Wealthy and powerful men like Louis C.K. face decisions both public and private as they decide how to navigate their next steps after allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

Someone like Louis relies largely on a fan base outside of the Hollywood system -- anytime he wants, he can launch a comedy special or even TV show to his personal but substantial email list.

To many, people like Louis should simply go away forever. But it’s clear he wants to return to public life in some capacity. How he does so could offer a chance for education and healing to those affected by the #MeToo movement.

However, his first foray back into that world shows he’s still far from perfect.

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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50-years ago they trade a grilled cheese for a painting. Now it's worth a small fortune.

Irene and Tony Demas regularly traded food at their restaurant in exchange for crafts. It paid off big time.

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Painting traded for grilled cheese worth thousands.

The grilled cheese at Irene and Tony Demas’ restaurant was truly something special. The combination of freshly baked artisan bread and 5-year-old cheddar was enough to make anyone’s mouth water, but no one was nearly as devoted to the item as the restaurant’s regular, John Kinnear.

Kinnear loved the London, Ontario restaurant's grilled cheese so much that he ordered it every single day, though he wouldn’t always pay for it in cash. The Demases were well known for bartering their food in exchange for odds and ends from local craftspeople and merchants.

“Everyone supported everyone back then,” Irene told the Guardian, saying that the couple would often trade free soup and a sandwich for fresh flowers. Two different kinds of nourishment, you might say.

And so, in the 1970s the Demases made a deal with Kinnear that he could pay them for his grilled cheese sandwiches with artwork. Being a painter himself and part of an art community, Kinnear would never run out of that currency.

Little did Kinnear—or anyone—know, eventually he would give the Demases a painting worth an entire lifetime's supply of grilled cheeses. And then some.

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