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Daniel Tosh Made a Rape Joke, Apologizes

Last Friday at the Laugh Factory, Daniel Tosh started talking about rape and joked about how rape jokes are always funny. One of the audience members got offended and told him rape jokes are never funny. Tosh fired back saying how it would be funny if she was gang raped right then. She left embarrassed and then told a friend about what happened and that friend thought it’d be great to write a post on Tumblr about how offended they both were.

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 know, right?! I’m sympathetically clutching my pearls!

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.

You go, girl. Tell that comedian doing comedy how he offended your sensibilities.

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.

Aw, damn. I guess you should have just got up and left right away instead of heckling a comedian and making his show all about yourself. That or Tosh should have moved on to his dead baby jokes.

Tosh has since apologized. Why? I have no idea.

Since then, Louis C.K. has tweeted support for Tosh.

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Gamble

The issue here is, quite frankly, not that she “made it all about herself”, but that it was a highly problematic show to begin with. It turns rape into something funny and makes it something to be shrugged off and laughed at instead of the incredibly severe problem it is, partially because of jokes like this, which make it seem like a laughing matter, as well as articles like this, which make a comedian’s show seem more important than a woman’s personal safety. Comments like that are, frankly, never acceptable, and your tone suggests that you are incapable of understanding… Read more »

Bobby Burton
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Bobby Burton

Shut up. You’re so insightful how you break everything down. smarty pants

Bobby Burton
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Bobby Burton

And you say franlky and problematic way too much.

Gamble
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Gamble

Given that you can’t even spell frankly, I’m going to assume you simply couldn’t understand it.

Bobby Burton
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Bobby Burton

Couldn’t understand it? You think you’re that smart and that what you said was that complicated? Or does a typing error really indicate a lack of understanding? P.s.you’re a pussy. Learn to laugh pussy.

Pathetic
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Pathetic

Wow. Not only did you make a completely moronic and fallicious speech but now you’re saying HE couldn’t understand it when you yourself didn’t even think that two swapped letters could possible be a minor typo. I was going to counter your original post, but now I can clearly see debating at any length is beyond you. I’d only be wasting my time on someone who wouldn’t walk outside their own little box if it cost them their lives. Unfortunately stubborn dafts make up most of the outspoken. I honestly wouldn’t mind if more people like Bobby showed up. No… Read more »

Bobby Burton
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Bobby Burton

Haha yes

Nate
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Nate

The absolute best part is, he was being ironic. But apparently the slit was too ignorant to grasp the point.

df86
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df86

The slit?? Fuck you. Dead baby jokes aren’t funny either.

The Blemish
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What’s black and blue and smokes. A baby chewing on an electrical cord.

Nate
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Nate

Sorry, sorry … “the gash.” Sen-si-tive!

Sean Estelle
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Louis C.K. was not supporting Tosh, he’s publicly stated that he has never watched Tosh’s show before and therefore he never could have been amused by it lol

Kenny
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Kenny

You go to a comedy show fully knowing what your getting in to! You went to a Daniel Tosh show knowing what his topics usually consist of….its a comedy show!! If your sensitive keep your ass at home and watch reruns of golden girls then! My fucking god when did people become such pussies!!

Geoffrey
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Geoffrey

So it is ok for female comedians to joke about killing cheating men and male castration but rape is a no go? It is ok for Lorena Bobet to go on Oprah and talk about how she cut off her husbands penis while the female audience laughs about it? How come there are never any women or feminists complaining about all the double standards and atrocities against men?

YOYO
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YOYO

When he said that she should just get raped like right now… that wasn’t funny. He should never involve the audience like that, he should say them secretly about other people who aren’t there. He should stick to making insults to people in the videos because they summit videos knowing they’re going to be insulted like that. They are okay with being insulted. They are happy there videos are on tosh.0. I know that he was trying to just do his job being a comedian. But, what he said wasn’t funny at all. Rape jokes can be funny. But, it… Read more »

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