A comedian’s job is to make you laugh, there are no boundaries, not every one has the same sense of humor. If you know the kind of material a certain comedian talks about then it should be a pretty simple decision for you to not attend their show. As for that woman who heckled Tosh , she got what she deserved. You do not go to a comic show to take a stance on what is politically correct. You go there to laugh. Once you start taking a comedian serious to that point , you’re no longer searching for entertainment. This is one of Louis C.K.’s rape jokes and not one person in the audience objects to this. Because they know it is merely a comedy show not a lecture.
Good point, human male. But if I may…
Without getting into a big thing about what’s funny, what’s not funny, what you can joke about, what you can’t joke about, or the nature of being offended or offending people…
The problem with this comparison is that Louis C.K.’s joke is not trivializing rape or making fun of rape victims. His joke is pointing at the ridiculousness of a rapist’s perspective and thought process. “I want to fuck somebody and they won’t let me? I will still fuck that person.” Louis C.K.’s rape joke is about rape, sure, but the punchline is the rapist. Rapists are being made fun of here.
Tosh Point said that rape jokes are always funny because he thinks rape is hilarious, and then when a woman spoke up, he said “Wouldn’t it be funny if this woman here got raped by five guys right now?” Now, it’s pretty common knowledge that 1/4 of women have been sexually assaulted in their lives (not including unreported assaults), and if a comedian outright says that the terrible violent act against a woman is hilarious, the comedian should not be surprised when a woman speaks up about it. I’m not saying the woman in question was a victim of rape, but there’s more than a 25% chance that Daniel Tosh Point told a rape victim that it would be hilarious if she was raped by five guys at that moment. “Got what she deserved”, apparently.
Tosh Point’s rape jokes are about how hilarious rape is. His punchlines are rape victims and the act of rape.
Louis C.K.’s rape jokes are about how stupid rapists are. His punchlines are rapists.
Because fuck rapists.
How many of you even listened to Daniel Tosh before last week? His goal is be successful. As an artist, regardless of the talent or medium, success means being known, acknowledged, and recognized. I’m not trying to say that rape shouldn’t be discussed. I’m saying that each of you are promoting Daniel Tosh, leading to good ratings for Tosh.0, tickets for his shows, and free publicity.
The problem isn’t necessarily Daniel Tosh. I happen to watch his show, I’ve seen some of his stand up, and I’m one of the first people to stand up and say, “Yeah, he’s a douche, but he’s a funny douche.” I didn’t find that joke funny, and not in the “it fell flat” way, in the “that makes me wonder what he actually thinks of women and rape” way. I have a seriously sick, fucked up sense of humor, I laugh at a lot of things that other people literally couldn’t stand to hear. But this was scary.
Do I think that most of the people who make jokes about killing babies are capable of killing babies? No. But do I think Daniel Tosh is capable of doing terrible things to a woman? Yeah, kind of, now I do, because of how he said it. He said that he finds rape hilarious, the act of rape is not hilarious. He told a woman it would be funny if she were raped by five men, how in fuck’s name is it funny to think about a woman being violated in an incredibly traumatizing way funny? It’s true, we shouldn’t stake him or make an example of him or any such bullshit, but why shouldn’t we say that this makes us feel unsafe, and very unhappy? So what if it gives him publicity, as long as he actually learns that it isn’t funny to rape a woman? That’s really all that matters.