15th July 2012
Link reblogged from Feminist Armchair Regime with 10 notes
This is why the Daniel Tosh incident “crossed the line” for so many people. It’s not that comics can’t cross lines. Comics should say whatever they want. If Tosh honestly thinks rape is funny… well, that’s his opinion. That’s his worldview. What’s disturbing is that this is a worldview that is violent and that lacks empathy. What’s even more disturbing is that he’s not some unknown comic presenting an unpopular opinion. He’s one of the most popular and beloved comic acts in the country. Which means that a huge percentage of our country thinks rape jokes are funny, but not because they admire Jeselnik’s wordplay or Silverman’s irony or Mulaney’s empathetic juxtaposition. They think rape jokes are funny because they think the act of physically hurting and sexually dominating a woman against her will is funny.