List of Comedians that are being unapologetically dense about this issue:
- Jim Norton (“Why is it okay for an actor to play a rapist, but not for a comic to joke about it?”)
- Louis C.K. (“your show makes me laugh every time I…
I have some issues with this. I agree that rape is a very serious issue, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. But at the same time, you can’t expect a comedian, known for saying wildly offensive shit, to not make a rape joke. I personally love Tosh. I love Louis CK, too, and Patton Oswalt. Tosh makes pretty offensive jokes. That’s his thing. I don’t actually know what it is he supposedly said, but honestly, is anyone surprised? I’m wondering why this person was even at his show, or pays any attention to him, if they’re the kind of person that is easily offended. His comedy is not for sensitive people. Especially when it’s live, because then he doesn’t have to censor himself at all. And if he apologized for it, then why is it still such a big deal? And some of these comedians said some awful shit in response, but don’t hate on Louis CK because he tried to say something nice about Tosh in general; he didn’t say “man, i think rape’s hilarious, make more jokes” or anything. He simply stated that he likes Tosh’s show (and that he likes his eyes). I think people need to just take a deep breath and let it go sometimes. You can’t control everyone; you certainly can’t control a comedian/celebrity. You can’t force people to be politically correct, or sensitive, or anything. You just can’t. If you don’t like rape jokes, don’t listen to them. I understand that they’re hurtful, I understand that they’re wrong. But that’s not going to stop people from making them. If you don’t like something, ignore it. Don’t attack it. That’s what’s wrong with people these days. They act like the world revolves around them and everyone should believe as they do and do as they want. That’s not how the world works. I wish a lot of people would be different, or not do certain things that I find wrong or hurtful or offensive. I wish the Syrian government would stop attacking and murdering it’s own people. I wish terrorists would stop, well, terrorizing. I wish murderers wouldn’t murder people. I wish rape didn’t even exist. I wish it never happened to anyone, ever. But these things happen. The world isn’t perfect. It’s not a utopia. It never will be. Accept it. It makes life a lot easier. It’s understandable to get upset by rape jokes. It’s not okay to act like the world is ending or like Tosh should be killed because he made one inappropriate joke during a live stand-up gig and then apologized for it. You don’t need to boycott people or stop liking comedy because you’re afraid of who you will offend if you laugh at a certain joke or like a comedian who makes offensive jokes. They’re jokes. Comedians makes jokes about all sorts of controversial shit all the time. Racism, sexism, terrorism, abortion, cancer…you name it, someone has made a career out of making light of it. But just because he made a joke, doesn’t mean that Daniel Tosh supports rape, or that he ever has or ever will rape anyone, or that he doesn’t take it seriously. It’s his job to make jokes. Maybe you didn’t like it, maybe it offended you, or hurt you. But he can’t predict how every person who ever hears one of his jokes will react. It’s his job to say awful things. That’s what he does. If that’s not your kind of humor, don’t watch it or listen to it. Simple.
I know I’m going to get tons of bitching for this. But honestly, it bothers me when people get so fucking riled up over some dumb comment a fucking comedian says. I love comedy. I love offensive, awful, nasty comedy. I love Tosh, I love Carlin, I love CK, I love Oswalt. I like satire, and dark humor. Just because I laugh at a joke about something, doesn’t mean I don’t take that thing seriously. I take rape seriously. I take racism, sexism, aids, cancer, whatever else comedians love to talk about…I take it all very seriously. But you can’t go through life taking everything so fucking seriously and being so fucking uptight and constantly trying to make other people feel bad. Just let it go. Don’t attack someone, whether online or in person. It’s okay to voice your concerns and opinions, but don’t fly off the handle. Calm down. It’s a fucking joke. Made by a comedian who’s known for being offensive and mean-spirited with his humor. Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be allowed to continue working and doing what he does. Plenty of other people like him, and his humor. I don’t support rape in any form. I’m a woman, and an ardent feminist. I understand why people are upset by this. But I also love comedy, and sometimes comedy is wrong and awful and disgusting. That’s kind of the point. “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” That’s a Jimmy Buffet quote (don’t ask how I know it) but it pretty much sums up my feelings about offensive comedy.
Alright, tell me what a horrible person I am now. I don’t give a fuck.
Okay, so I just looked up exactly what everyone has their panties in a twist about. Apparently that girl totally misquoted him and the shit she complained about was inaccurate. He didn’t make a joke at her expense; he made a comment after she heckled him. He wasn’t even really wrong, and he still apologized. I mean…wow. What an asshole, right? He gets heckled during his stand up act, and then apologizes to the heckler, even though she totally misquoted and misrepresented him.
(Source: The Huffington Post)