We always hear about comedians throwing homophobic and racial jokes around. Granted, they were probably drunk, but it happens anyway. The next day, the media is all over the comedian’s ass about how rude and disrespectful the comedian was. The comedian releases a statement the next day and all is well in their eyes. You would think that the media would react the same way when Daniel Tosh started laughing at a woman potentially getting gang raped. Nope.
On Friday night at the Laugh Factory, comedian Daniel Tosh started making rape jokes. A woman in the audience felt her blood boiling and yelled, “Rape jokes are never funny!” Tosh looked at her in silence and then said to the audience, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that that girl [referring to the woman in the audience] got raped by, like, five guys right now? Like right now?” What, Daniel Tosh? What? The woman was so distraught that she got up and walked out of the room.
All the douche bags of the world unite! Some of Tosh’s fans are standing behind him, including the world’s biggest unfunny douche Dane Cook! Wahoo! Way to support the rape of women, guys!
Some people are claiming that you can make a joke out of anything because it makes the situation a little lighter. Granted, I agree that some things can be made a joke, but rape? No. Every two minutes, a woman is sexually assaulted. So, rape is a very real thing and happens to more women than we’d like to think. You think that is an appropriate “joke” to make?
To this I say, how is this even a joke, Tosh? It wasn’t a joke, it was an invitation. You made that woman a target for rape. You told your audience members that it would be funny if your fan, who paid good money to see you, were gang raped. You would think you would have a little bit more respect for women, let alone your fans.
The best part of this entire thing is that Tosh claims that he was “heckled” by the woman. Back up the train, unfunny man. You think that woman heckled you for calling you out on a clearly inappropriate joke? Gosh, I guess I should apologize on her behalf for being so insensitive and disrespectful to you during your show.
Not that I ever thought you were funny before, Tosh, now I just think you’re the biggest asshole on the planet.
And that’s exactly what I mean.
NINJA EDIT: I’ve been told that the woman who told of Tosh didn’t pay for the ticket and she had no idea who Tosh was. Ok, fine. He still said what he said and that doesn’t change my opinion on rape jokes or those who tell them.