For everyone saying that Louis CK was throwing shade on Daniel Tosh because he’s publicly said that he hasn’t watched Tosh’s show, a question:
How is anyone supposed to know that when reading that tweet, considering that such context doesn’t exist with the tweet & CK didn’t provide it?
If you know that he’s said that, can you show anyone where? Are we supposed to just take your word for it?
Another, perhaps more important question:
Given that he’s been called out now by thousands on Twitter, on ThinkProgress.org and all over the blogosphere, and it’s been more than 24 hours, if he were trying to criticize Tosh, don’t you think by now he might’ve come back to clarify that, rather than leaving that tweet right at the top of his timeline?
Even if he’s personally too busy to fire off 140 characters, he’s got agents, publicists, all sorts of folks working on his TV show whose paychecks come from promoting him and maintaining his public image who could have logged into his Twitter to say “hey, folks, I was snarking Tosh, not supporting him, the ‘joke’ wasn’t funny and he sucks.” That hasn’t happened either.
If no one can tell that your sarcastic praise version of “shade” is shade without knowing some kind of backstory — when you are a public figure — you’re not throwing shade. You’re being intentionally provocative or you’re actually giving the praise your comment appears to be. And whatever I may think of CK as a person, I know he’s talented enough to understand that, and to more carefully craft a response to someone that’s meant to mock or deride them.