Tosh.No: Why Rape Jokes (And Daniel Tosh) Are Never Funny

Today, a Tumblr called Cookies For Breakfast published the anonymous story of two women who went to see comedian Dane Cook at The Laugh Factory in New York City. Little did they know that they would be treated to a show by one of the douchiest comedians in comedy – Daniel Tosh.

This audience apparently got the pleasure of hearing Daniel Tosh advocate that an audience member should be gang-raped. And that it would be HILARIOUS.

Here’s the breakdown from Cookies For Breakfast:

So Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc. I don’t know why he was so repetitive about it but I felt provoked because I, for one, DON’T find them funny and never have. So I didnt appreciate Daniel Tosh (or anyone!) telling me I should find them funny. So I yelled out, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!”

I did it because, even though being “disruptive” is against my nature, I felt that sitting there and saying nothing, or leaving quietly, would have been against my values as a person and as a woman. I don’t sit there while someone tells me how I should feel about something as profound and damaging as rape.

After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…” and I, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing i needed to get out of there, immediately nudged my friend, who was also completely stunned, and we high-tailed it out of there. It was humiliating, of course, especially as the audience guffawed in response to Tosh, their eyes following us as we made our way out of there. I didn’t hear the rest of what he said about me.

No, you simple-minded, frat-boy joke-stealer, it wouldn’t be funny.

The issue of “the rape joke” in comedy is one that is often hotly debated. Daniel Tosh is no stranger to the rape joke – in fact, just do a quick Google search for “Daniel Tosh + rape.” You’ll find lots of shining examples of why this douchebag needs to be doing his jokes in front of his three cats, in the privacy of his own apartment.

We’ve always heard that women (largely) don’t become comics well, because women aren’t funny. But could it be because in order to become a successful comic, you have to contend with this bullshit? Could it be that the jokes about women often involve degradation and in this case, full-on sexual assault? Could the “rape joke” be the reason?

I don’t think it’s THE reason, but it’s certainly part of a culture that is wholly hostile to women. There are so many brilliant female comics, but the comedy club culture just isn’t welcoming for them. If they’re pretty, they’re too pretty to take seriously. If they’re ugly, they’re too ugly for anyone to listen to them. If they’re fat, all of their jokes should be about their fatness and how much they hate themselves for it. Oh, and they’re probably still not funny. Once their set is over, they get to listen to douchebags like Daniel Tosh talk about how funny it would be if they were gang-raped.

Totally makes you want to be a lady comic, right? Unfortunately, these types of jokes are harmful far beyond the world of stand-up comedy and entertainment. When you consider the statistic that 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, it’s entirely possible that there were rape victims in his audience.

Pretty horrifying, right? How uncomfortable would you be if someone had exploited what is likely the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to you for some cheap laughs at a crappy comedy show?

I’m no fan of Daniel Tosh – but that’s because he’s not funny. And his ignorant and hurtful rape jokes are no exception. In fact, he’s mostly famous for making fun of people and saying hurtful things about them – so we really shouldn’t be surprised. The problem is, though, that moron has six million Twitter followers. Millions more TV viewers.

How many of those viewers are young men who are being conditioned to believe (and not just by Daniel Tosh) that rape is a thing that is funny instead of a heinous crime. I know I’m being the Sanctimonious Feminist on this one, but Tosh’s words have an impact greater than he can understand.

If we don’t stand up to the rape culture, then we’re a part of it. If we snicker at these jokes, we are taking part (actively, at this point) in a culture that believes that women are liars about rape and that they deserved it when they were dressed like sluts. If you have a problem with either of those statements, then you should have a serious problem with rape jokes.

They just aren’t funny. I read a comment that most comedy comes from dark and uncomfortable places – which is absolutely right. Sometimes the things that are the funniest are those that creep us out or make us feel awkward – like being a teenager, or masturbating, or how much your parents warped you as a child.

But it’s never funny to make jokes about the single most violating thing that can happen to a person. I can assure you that Daniel Tosh wouldn’t have the gall to walk up to a rape victim and laugh at her, but it’s easy for him to make those remarks when the house lights are down. It’s like bullying on the Internet – he doesn’t have to see the human consequences of his words.

I’m not saying that Daniel Tosh isn’t funny.

Okay, I totally am. But it’s not just him – it’s a systemic culture of entertainment and media that condones, fetishizes, and further entrenches the rape culture. On the same day this story was published, morning show DJ Kidd Kraddick and his crew were talking about all the ladies with fake stories about being “roofied,” or given the date rape drug.

I told you – it’s everywhere. People listen to Kidd Kraddick In The Morning with their kids in the car – who knows what they picked up from his “hilarious” segment? Any time you think the rape culture is something manifested by feminists who want to have something to bitch about, refer back to this piece.

If you’d like more examples, hit me up on Twitter. I’d be happy to carpet-bomb you with links all day.

About Amy:
Amy is a social media strategist living in Dallas, Texas. She likes music, trashy TV, and ladybiz. tweet: @aemccarthy

Comments

  1. >>But it’s never funny to make jokes about the single most violating thing that can happen to a person.

    If that’s the single most violating thing you think can happen to a person, you need to get out more. Agree, rape is terrible, but I’d rather be raped than watch my children be murdered in front of my eyes and know that I’m next. What about the people that had to make the choice between diving from the twin towers, or being burnt alive?

    Enough with the hyperbole – the joke was terrible, Daniel Tosh is sometimes funny, but I think all of this outrage is much ado about nothing and will only serve to increase the popularity of Mr. Tosh. As with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, I realize that what you complain about also serves as your bread and butter, and without such “injustices” you’d be out of a job – or at least anything to be outraged about.

  2. The hypocrisy of this author is mind-bending. Apparently using some forms of violence as a joke are OK. Others, not so. I suppose it depends on which genitalia you have at the moment.

    “Amy McCarthy ‏@aemccarthy –
    @unhatched I will kill you.
    @RobDyrdek – now imma punch you.
    @conservexx And obviously can’t pick up on you’re-about-to-get-bitchslapped cues.”

    Unfortunately when you preach against violent speech today, the words you used yesterday are still easily found.

  3. You're stupid says:

    He is a comedian. Sometimes jokes don’t work. Why don’t you go up there and try to make thousands laugh. If you don’t want to be singled out then don’t yell out and get yourself noticed. Stupid attention whore. Daniel is fucking hilarious

    • Why are you here? The point is not that Daniel Tosh isn’t funny. This is a post about his frequent use of rape jokes, and that they seem to work on the audience. Unbelievable.

    • Yes, he is a comedian. And he gets to choose what jokes he makes. And he chooses to get up in front of thousands of people and try to make them laugh. His response to a little heckling? Calling for a gang rape!! Are you kidding me?? If he were a good comedian, he would have been able to come up with a funny, witty response right there on the spot, instead of just calling for violence against the heckler.

      • His humor is in his candor. You heckle the guy with the microphone and you expect? She was rude. He doesn’t have to change his routine based on rude hecklers.

        Bad meals aren’t funny either. Am I going to make a row of it at a restaurant and then expect a witty response from the chef? No, I’ll leave and not come back.

        And if she was never raped, then all she’s really doing is complaining on behalf of someone else’s bad experience IN night club where people are trying to have fun. She’s not an activist, she’s a horn toting annoyance and I for one would say good riddance.

        • tinfoil hattie says:

          She wasn’t heckling. He asked the audience, “What do you want to talk about?” and someone said, “Rape.” She called out no, rape isn’t funny.

          Is it “heckling” if you assume the comic was talking to the whole audience (including you)? Orjis it heckling just if you don’t think rape “jokes” are funny?

  4. fuck feminists says:

    christs sake get over yourself. theres a reason why your all seen as hateful bitches with massive sticks up your asses. your just as bad or worse then maschoists and frat boys. noone finds abrasive moralfaggotry “cool” or “independent” or “brave”. you guys are like vampires. except you dont suck blood. you just suck

    • Why are you here, then? Such a waste of your time. And I sincerely hope you never have any influence over children.

    • Are you for real?? I don’t understand why you are reading this blog and how you can possibly be so hateful toward someone who is standing up against a crime that destroys the lives of women and girls all over the world.
      Maybe you should ask yourself why you are so incredibly angry and what is really provoking such a resentful outburst.

    • As someone who has been in the Rocky Horror Picture Show subculture for some time now (10+ years), you can safely assume that I’m not offended by much.

      Tosh offended me. As others around the web have noted, it IS possible to make a funny rape joke. I’ll refer you to a great post on the subject located at http://jezebel.com/5925186/how-to-make-a-rape-joke?tag=tosh%270. The author gives 4 hilarious examples. They basically make fun OF rape itself…Whereas Tosh simply said “Wouldn’t it be funny if she were raped by 5 guys like right now?” which of course, shows his lack of wit on the spot.

  5. Um, wow. Anyone who says “But, liek, if rape is the worst thing, you need yo get out more” has absolutely no idea what they’re talking about, and cannot begin to comprehend the types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm that come with it. FAIL.

    Also, expressing outrage is actually the best thing to do with things like this, as it’s presenting dissent, as opposed to blindly going along with rape culture.

    • There’s a rape culture?

      Do you know what types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm come to an child who’s lost their parent, or parents?

      Do you know what types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm come to a black person who’s called the n word?

      Do you know what types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm come to a fat person who can’t get an airline ticket?

      Do you know what types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm come to a retarded child who’s thrown in the river?

      Do you know what types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm come to a horse in whose butt a banana has been inserted?

      Do you know what types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm come to a redneck who unwittingly slept with their sister?

      Do you know what types of social backlash, long-term physical and psychological harm come to priests who get it on with the altar boys? I mean, the other way around.

      The problem really is that you’re not funny, not the other way around.

  6. Holy shit! I can’t believe the comments I just read. Obviously, you ass-holes have never been brutally raped and have no idea of the trauma it puts a woman through. What the hell is wrong with you to lash out at this writer because she found that moron’s joke not only un-funny, but morally wrong?
    Making fun or making light of rape should be an off-limit topic for anyone in the public eye, anyone who can influence people.
    Do you find it funny that 2 years after my rape, I suffer from PTSD and am on anxiety and depression pills? Or that every night, before I go to bed, I barricade my front door so I can sleep? Or that my rapist got away with it, because I couldn’t identify him from the “new” line-ups they do? They don’t have live line-ups, they print out a sheet of 6 driver’s license photos (does anyone look like their driver’s license photo?) and the pictures are grainy.
    You should all be ashamed of yourselves for taking the wrong moral stance against this writer.

    • Congrats on getting your “rape wings”. You now have the ability to play the victim card and have others avert eyes and feel uncomfortable in any situation for the rest of your life.

      (rolls eyes)

      .. get over it. Bad things happen to good people all over the world, every minute of every day. You girls go off the handle because some frat boy stuck his thumb up your butt at the sigma tau house after you passed out from too much MD 20/20.

      I don’t find your PTSD and OCD tendencies funny – I find it pathetic.

      • Anonymous (I can see you have an brilliant mind from your screen name) wrote:
        “Congrats on getting your “rape wings”. You now have the ability to play the victim card and have others avert eyes and feel uncomfortable in any situation for the rest of your life.

        (rolls eyes)”

        Rape wings? (rolls eyes at your absurdness).

        You also wrote:
        “play the victim card…”

        Oh, like you’re playing the jack-ass-card? I will get better, but you’ll always be a jack-ass.

        Then, showing what a douche you really are, you wrote:
        “.. get over it. Bad things happen to good people all over the world, every minute of every day. You girls go off the handle because some frat boy stuck his thumb up your butt at the sigma tau house after you passed out from too much MD 20/20.”

        Just so you know who you’re making a judgement on, I am a 58 year old mom and grandmother. Don’t you feel so special now? Picture your mom going through this and I hope your stupidity keeps you up nights. Now who is pathetic?

        That is all.

      • you're a fucking douche "anonymous" says:

        Rape wings? Wow, obviously you’ve never experienced it. There are millions of women who DON’T come forward and talk about what happened to them. They’ve managed to deal with it on their own, but just because someone sought help they’re weak and just looking for a hand out. Your misogynistic words are absolutely REVOLTING. Like, I want to vomit down your fucking throat.

        I can’t BELIEVE there are people with opinions like these. HOLY FUCKING SHIT. FUCK!

        You’re the type of person I hope that “survival of the fittest” takes care of first. Fuck head.

      • I find the fact that natural selection is no longer in play with the human race pathetic…Partly because it lets people like YOU exist in the world.

    • Debbie, thank you for your comment. I’m sorry that people like “anonymous” think it’s okay to post something so clearly ignorant and full of shit, and I sincerely hope that you’re able to recover from your rape.

      • Thank you so much, Sarah. I’m sorry that my knee-jerk reaction was to post without editing out the cuss words, but sometimes my outrage gets to the keyboard before my sane mind does. :-)

  7. It is interesting to see that so many comments try to negate the effects of rape. As if the experiences and feelings of women do not matter.

    You’re stupid claims that the original writer is an attention whore. Just for standing up against a subject she did not find the least bit entertaining. Really, an attention whore? Then go right ahead and call me an attention whore for saying that you are a sexist, misogynist, chauvinist, who finds violence and sexual abuse against women funny.

    Fuck feminists: Yeah, we’ve heard it before. All feminists are bitches, we have no sense of humor, we have massive sticks up our asses. And you know what, your single-minded stereotypes do not bother us, we are proud to be feminists. It is interesting that someone who hates feminists so much takes the time to go to a feminist website, read the posts and then comment on them. Were there no reruns of Tosh.0 on today?

  8. I cannot believe there are folks defending Daniel Tosh. The “anonymous” commenters won’t share their names because they know their defense is wrong.

    Rape isn’t funny, ya’ll. Period. I have never laughed about being sexually assaulted as a child. In fact, my defense mechanism has been to erase the bulk of my childhood from my memory. I support any sexual assault survivor’s means of coping with their situation. I DO NOT support rapists or sexists making jokes, though.

  9. I am a rape victim. I can assure you that there is NOTHING funny about rape, even if it’s *supposed* to be contextually comedic. It’s a horrible horrible thing to live through. NO form of violence is EVER funny. No exceptions.

  10. Ok I can see some of these comments are getting a bit overboard and is leaning towards negating the seriousness of rape. Kinda sad. Rape is horrible and I have no experience or know anyone who has and would never wish for that to happen. Than being said I think we are missing the point. Its not about promoting or dismissing the seriousness of rape, its about jokes. The author has every right to think its not funny but this will not change the fact that its a joke (whether a well delivered one or a joke that just bombed). In the world of jokes I honestly believe nothing is off limits though the consequences of said joke should be held accountable. Comedians make fun of EVERYTHING. Only some can really pull it off to make us laugh at something uncomfortable and look at its messed up nature. I still want to play devils advocate and tell people to check this interview with Patrice O’Neal.

    http://www.boreme.com/posting.php?id=33772

  11. Dear ‘anonymous’ and ‘fuck feminists’: Would rape still be funny if it your mother, daughter, or sister were raped? What about if your son or father or brother was raped? What if you were raped? Still funny? Or are you yourselves rapists, and that is why its funny and socially acceptable?

  12. ‘anonymous,’ ‘fuck feminists,’ and ‘you’re stupid’ seem to have absolutely no problem making offensive and hurtful statements to complete strangers, so it’s no surprise that they are both defending Tosh and denigrating both the author and other commenters. After all, that sounds like what Tosh himself did, according to the original account of Cookies for Breakfast. There is absolutely no justification for advocating brutal violence in the form of a gang rape (or really, in any other form), and it doesn’t matter how “funny” the person making the statement may be.

    The fact that Tosh’s comment was apparently greeted with laughter, rather than outrage, seems to just prove the author’s point that the effects of “rape jokes” are indeed insidious. It’s hard to believe that anyone laughing at the show would actually laugh in the face of a woman (or man, because men are the victims of rape and sexual assault as well) who had been raped a single time, much less violated in a gang rape – but apparently, laughing anonymously was just fine. And that’s troubling.

  13. Elin Weiss says:

    It really surprises me that people react so strongly to Amy’s post just because she does not find rape jokes funny. What is the problem with that? The comments we are getting on the site are neither clever nor original and they do not show any type of knowledge of rape. It is funny to me that people are so scared of feminists because we do not accept rape and sexism. The people that usually get pissed off at us are the ones that actually support rape and sexism and are scared to post their real names. I also think it is funny that some of the people posting are getting on feminists sites to complain and flaunt their ignorance. Does that make you feel better about yourselves?

  14. These boys coming out of the wordwork to comment on this is about as sick and sad as it gets. To get your fake power jollies to bully strangers anonymously on a website you’d never look at otherwise? Must be a very empty, very small life. I wouldn’t be surprised if these boys were having a tough time getting the mommies in their lives to give them enough love and attention–cause it sure looks like they’ve learned that there’s no sympathy in the world for anyone. Especially themselves. Sad that I feel sorrier for them than they will ever feel for themselves …

    I’m glad I had no idea who this comic was till this assholery and will be happy to live happily ever without hearing from him again.

    Methinks the frat boys are all protesting too much. If Tosh really thinks rape jokes aren soooo funny, why does he feel the need to spend quite so much of his act trying to convince his audience? It’s not brain surgery he’s performing. Either people laugh, or they don’t. If you get heckled, that’s your answer. Whether it’s one person or the whole damn audience, those are paying customers. They have a right to call you on your bullshit, especially if you’re asking.

    What’s really telling to me is how he responded. Did he move on, secure enough in the knowledge that he had the mike and most of the power in this little transaction? No. That would mean he (maybe) had the courage of his convictions. But how did he act? Like a big baby. And worse,Worst of all, a big bully. He flat-out threatened these women, then asked for accomplices. ‘Cause getting humiliated by the guy holding the mike isn’t punishment enough to make the guy feel big enough. The guy needs to know everybody else is there to prop up his ego, too.

    He’s not just a horrible human, he’s a sucky comedian, too!!!

    I only hope this spells the end of him.

    • Guess I’m the only “boy” willing to state that I am a male posting on here. I got led here from a boingboing article and had a curiosity to be a part of a discussion. Yeah your right I would never otherwise have even thought of visiting the site but I’m glad I did! Some interesting articles that I would not normally come across such as the attempted rape of transgendered not considered rape. Its interesting how the courts ignore all other rape except vaginal rape… but I digress. Look I know that the douches will come out of the woodwork and yell the loudest to either troll or drown out but you can’t (or at least try not to since I wouldn’t want to tell you what to do) accuse a comedian for being on a power trip. Have you been to a comedy show before, shit gets real when you fuck with the guy/gal holding the mic. Also my mommy loves me and believes that I am doing good things with my life so I dunno… did I say mommy?… damn.

      I won’t lie I do find some of his stuff funny and I’ve definitely heard much worse from other comedians and laughed. Do I feel bad for the woman? Yes and No. I’m glad she stood up for what she believes but I am also not bothered that a comedian took a shot at a heckler.

      • I don’t get what you’re not getting about this: HE SAID IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF THE WOMAN WAS GANG RAPED BY 5 OTHER AUDIENCE MEMBERS IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE. You’re absolutely desensitized if you think that that is not horrific and deplorable. Check yourselves. I am floored by the lack of morality in this thread. And it isn’t GENDER- it is RAPE.

        • Oh I get it… check. I guess I should blame Mel Brooks and his movie Blazing Saddle for DESENSITIZING me to the joking of rape. I’m a sick human being. Its not just RAPE its a JOKE. Totally understand that this concept of a joke will not get through some people.

          • Well Johnny, we all understand that we are talking about jokes here since the title sports the words “rape jokes”. We do understand the concept of a joke, we just don’t think it’s funny.

          • Understood… and I respect that.

      • Johnny, it is awfully sweet that you think you needed to identify that you’re a guy. Do you think Mr. Anonymous really was fooling anyone?

        Just so you know, the FBI just recently did change its definition of rape to include penetration of men, too. But that’s after a hell of a battle. A battle, by the way, chiefly led by women who were somehow able to see that rape might be a horrible thing to happen to men, too.

        And I can totally accuse a comedian of being on a power trip, and in this case, I think it’s pretty clear why it’s always good for a comedian to remember they’re actually pretty vulnerable up there. If you want to amuse your friends free, you’re right, a comedian can say whatever he wants. But if you piss enough people off, you could lose your platform. See much of Andrew Dice Clay these days?

        I have no idea if this is Tosh’s one joke or not. That night, he clearly seems to have been stuck in a loop. And if you’ve been to a comedy show you must know how pathetic someone looks when trying to really really really convince people how funny they are.

        And the difference between Tosh and George Carlin and Mel Brooks is that Carlin and Brooks use humor to attack the powerful–Tosh is pretending to be powerless and picking on people who really are less powerful than him.

        Hence why I think you boys really need to get over your mommy issues. There are a lot of women in the world. It’s going to be a rough life if you’re afraid of all of them.

      • Jacob (I'm a man, got your back Johnny) says:

        First off, I agree that rape is not funny in a literal sense. For example, if I saw it happen I wouldn’t laugh, I’d find something to club the rapist over the head with and then drag him into a big ant pile and break his arms and legs and let him get eaten for a while. HOWEVER, Daniel Tosh has never made it a secret that he uses vulgar/offensive humor and this is far from the first time he has made rape jokes before, so I am puzzled why the author went to his comedy in the first place (unless she thought it was a Dane Cook thing, I was confused by that part of the blog). I equate it to going to listen a speaker talking about why the KKK is awesome and then getting up and yelling at him for white supremacy. Daniel Tosh’s job is to make people laugh, which he does very well. The author, ,who has right to be offended, probably shouldn’t have done something as forward as calling him out in the middle of a show. If someone did that to me, I would have probably brought the hammer down too to try and dissuade people from doing it in the future. It happens every time someone calls out a comedian during his performance. They think they should interrupt the show, the comedian makes a joke at them, they get upset and walk out. If you don’t like the material, you shouldn’t have gone to the show in the first place. Never hurts to do some research before buying tickets to make sure you won’t get angry at the comic.

        In Summary: rape = bad, don’t interrupt comedians, and Tosh is doing what any business savvy person would do and take advantage of the culture to make money. Also, I tried to be polite as possible during my comment, I hope that if anyone comments, they treat me with the same courtesy and not start name calling.

  15. One more… from George Carlin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2a5-RrwWZ8

  16. First I was in complete shock over the comments from Tosh. I honestly find it incredibly hard to believe that someone can get away with promoting rape publicly. I was also saddened that part of the story did not include bystanders standing up for this woman and more people walking out. Its a really good example of group think and how hard it is for people to take a stand when they might risk backlash.

    I think that the management of the club should have thrown this jerk off the stage. I am all about free speech, but advocating and joking about the rape of an audience member is something that they should have put an end to. They should respect their customers more than this.

    My shock continued when reading the comments on this brave post. Anyone who might argue against the relevancy of feminism need only read the misogynistic statements made here to see why the movement is so important. I, for one, want to live in a society where this is not tolerated.

    • Soooooo your all about free speech but just as long as it is certain acceptable speech? You do see the hypocrisy in your comment correct?

      • tinfoil hattie says:

        Sooooo you’re all about free speech except that you don’t understand it’s a concept designed to not let the GOVERNMENT silence people.

        And, if it were relevant: you’re all about free speech except when women freely express their dislike of something someone said about rape being funny.

        Listen, Constitionity Mc Scholarton, nobody is trying to get the government to shut Tosh down. He’s free to make horrible incitements to rape. We’re free to call him a misogynist scumbag for doing so.

  17. lolfems says:

    Daniel Tosh is hilarious. You idiots do realize he’s a comedian, right? He’s almost as funny as women “fighting” for equal rights when it already exists.

    • you're a fucking douche "anonymous" says:

      Yeah it already exists yet women doing the same jobs as men make less. Women, who are enlisted in military branches, are not allowed to perform the same tasks as men… Simply because they’re women.

      That’s like saying racism doesn’t still exist today… Try telling that to the KKK who is prevalent and still mucking about trying to “adopt” highways in Georgia.

      Fucking twat. You’re a right knobhead you are.

    • @ Lolfems:
      You wanna give me some articles, stats etc that show that women are already equal members of society or where are you getting that belief from? Again, it’s funny to me that people go on the website and have nothing better to say than idiots. We are educated and smart women here I think we can handle a good solid discussion. However, I’m just seeing a lot of hate and not so much smarts.

    • You mean the equal rights which make it OK to trivialize violence against women, pay them less and worry about their looks rather than competencies?

    • Equal rights do NOT exist. The only right we ACTUALLY HAVE is the right to vote.

      …And that came in about 1920.

  18. Lucas Martinez says:

    You went to see a Dane Cook show and didn’t expect a douche? I can see your problem right there.

  19. Rape jokes can be really funny, if executed with a healthy dose of self-irony and with good intent. Actually, the nastier and more flagrant the crime, the funnier the jokes can get. A sense of humor diffusing tensions after a gut-wrenching experience is a survival strategy and I don’t think we should take that away from people on account of a few professional whiners.

  20. another anon says:

    Poking the ant’s nest and really late at that, but…

    Making rape jokes is one thing. It’s alright, as is joking about practically anything there is, but you need to know what you’re doing and how to do it right. Making a rape joke about someone, a real, living person right in the same room, when they have just stated their opinion about a badly constructed rape joke, is not the right way to do it. It’s just a personal, very serious insult and practically a threat.

  21. I am a victim of rape. By another man.
    Yet I will not condemn a comic for making a joke. Its a joke. Joking is how i cope.
    This world has gotten way too PC (remember that term?) Respect others, but that does not mean that you cannot find humor in their differences.

    If you are in a situation that reminds you of a terrible situation and it is getting to you, LEAVE! This is the same crap we tell our kids when they encounter bullies at school, why can it not also apply to adults???
    If you are do light skinned that you cannot help but take things so seriously then maybe a comedy club is not the place for you.

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