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What IS the Danny Tosh rape joke?

My social media and blog feeds are bristling with righteous support and disgusted condemnation, and I’m finding it most inappropriately comical, because I’ve no idea what the damned joke was.

Dear North America(n residents), as part of your successful cultural colonisation of most of the world, could you please do us the kindness of airing a brief summary of causes when you flood us with the teacup-storms of your Z-list glitterati? Slavish global consumers of your social-justice tabloidism would be ever so obliged.



  1. Also, I have to say, I’ve often found rape a very effective metaphor in my conversations, some of which have also been funny. So I’m keen to know how Tosh used it.

  2. Over the past 48 hours, a lot of famous comedians have defended Daniel Tosh’s rape comments. Louis CK, Jim Norton, Patton Oswalt, Dane Cook to name a few. If you’re just catching up with the controversy, here’s a brief recap: Tosh, of Comedy Central’s Tosh O., was called out by a female audience member at a live show for making a lame joke about rape. In response to his female heckler he stopped his performance to say, ” “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…”

    The woman, who recounted the unnerving experience on her blog, immediately left the show frightened. Tosh, whose fan-base is largely teenage boys, later apologized, kind of. Then came a stream of Twitter reactions, some outraged (a petition with over 20,000 signatures to cancel Tosh O. has been making rounds) others disturbing supportive (from a few young male fans: “I didn’t think daniel tosh was funny till he made fun of rape” and #iheartrapejokes and “All these people hating on #tosh could really use a good raping”) but the most widespread coverage has been from those fellow famous men who support the comic’s rights to make rape jokes.
    This is from:

  3. She said he was not funny and some thing along those lines… and your language is fine! I have no freaking idea what ‘hating on’ means… perhaps some teenage phrase..that is flava of the day.

  4. Hating on is just this lame turn of phrase that entered vernacular that means insulting someone and dismissing them. H8rs gunna h8.

  5. As for the joke, it wasn’t funny. And then the call to arms of the fraternal order of fucktard frat boys for a good ol’ rapin’ was also not funny. And when he got called out for being funny, he and all his friends decided to become rape apologists. All in the backdrop of a country where less than 10% of rapes are reported. WHILE ALSO encouraging a generation of young men to think rape is funny and a weapon to be deployed at ‘uppity’ ‘feminists’.

  6. Thanks Bryce. This is wonderful. We’re witnessing a gleeful rise of misogyny that is quite unprecedented in recent history. This isn’t old-school patriarchy, which says, “Aww, come to my big strong arms, little lady. Now, you know you’ve earned a spanking. Trust me, it’ll hurt me more than it hurts you”. This says, “DOOOOD! Pussy! Aaaattack!” And it’s carnival time πŸ™‚

    Very excited to watch a new culture develop so close at hand.

  7. He’s no knight in shining armour. That’s the glare of the media spin you’re seeing. And really, what are other comedians supposed to say? That some topics are off limits? No. Nothing is off limits. And nothing should be off limits. Censorship is the wrong direction, especially for topics that are politically sensitive. The reality is that some rape joke ARE funny. Some do a really good job of challenging the audience. (Louis CK has made thoughtful rape jokes.) The problem here is that this rape joke wasn’t funny. It wasn’t considered or challenging. It was reactionary, ignorant, and threatening. But much of the response to it is just as reactionary and ignorant as the joke. And I don’t support that either.

  8. “But much of the response to it is just as reactionary and ignorant as the joke. And I don’t support that either.” — Quite. It’s very disheartening when you realise people on your side of this apparent binary divide are just as virulent and thoughtless and chest-thumping as those on the other.


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