Given the attempts by Congress and state governments to shit all over women’s reproductive health choices these days, I really shouldn’t be surprised that comedians are still using rape jokes for shock value. And I’m not, truly.
I am kind of surprised by the number of rape apologist comedians who have come to the defense of such a tired type of joke, though.
Daniel Tosh is offensive, let’s be honest. He’s like a shock jock. He’s offensive for the sake of being offensive because it’s so not Raven to use racist, sexist, homophobic jokes in this day and age, but he’s willing to do it in a sea of political correctness, and, damn it, fratty, entitled, white men need something to laugh about!
I find a lot of these kinds of jokes he does cringeworthy, but, I’m a woman, so what do I know about humor, right? (According to Adam Carolla, the arbiter of all things funny, very little.) Typically, rape jokes aren’t funny; to clarify–rape jokes at the expense of victims are not funny. Sorry if you’re relying on cliches and stereotypes to make a joke, but you’re tacky and I hate you. But, rape jokes making fun of rape culture and the rapists themselves can be funny. There’s a difference, and if you’re not witty enough to navigate that thin line, you’re probably not that good at comedy, sry2say.
Anyway, considering how professional these comedians think themselves to be, I’m pretty surprised so many of them fail to recognize this very important difference. When Daniel Tosh singles out a female audience member who dares to inform him that, hey, rape isn’t funny, with a musing about how “funny” it would be if she were to get raped by five men right that moment, I’m kind of stunned at how many fellow comedians are clamoring to defend this “joke,” which was a pretty heinous, veiled threat to put a woman in her place.
Oh, that’s right. I forget how outraged privileged men get when they think their freedom of speech is being infringed upon by someone daring to find what they have to say stupid and repulsive (because I guess those people don’t get the same freedom of speech to tell you you suck, somehow).
Hey, white male comedians: I’m so happy for you that the worst thing that could happen to you is that a woman doesn’t laugh at your stupid rape joke. Really, that’s great that this is your biggest problem apparently.
Meanwhile, you know, women actually have to figure out if you’re really joking or not about raping her. Because rape is actually one of the worst–if not the worst–thing that could, can and does happen to women.
But whatever. Us feminazis sure do get our panties in a twist about every little thing, don’t we? But what I find funny, ironic really, is these comedians say people get offended too easily and need to develop thicker skins so they won’t be so upset by jokes–and then in the same breath they cry about hecklers ruining their shows or audience members criticizing their work. You’re right, I’m sure being criticized for doing your job sucks. I can’t really think of any other instance where workers have to deal with customers complaining to their faces–OH WAIT, THAT’S EVERY JOB EVER IN THE WORLD.
Maybe try to learn to laugh it off like you expect the rest of us to do, since you’re so good at comedy and all. Nothing is off limits to a comedian, right? Except, you know, others criticizing you.