I officially have too many blog posts here with some variation of the title Rape Is Not Funny - but I am going to have one more today. Because it is still an issue. Because people like Daniel Tosh are still making rape jokes, and companies like the Laugh Factory and Comedy Central are still giving them a place to do it.
Cookies for Breakfast shared her friend's story today on her blog. It started with Daniel Tosh on stage at the Laugh Factory making generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, and rape is hilarious.
Her friend yelled out, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!” Tosh replied with the quote I shared above, "Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her?"
This isn't the first time Daniel Tosh has made a rape joke - there are countless videos, articles, and clips that can be seen on his Comedy Central Tosh.O show if you want to look them up. He is a repeat rape joke offender.
This is what I want you to know: Rape jokes hurt survivors. Rape jokes lead rapists to believe that you are okay with it, that maybe you do it too, and that you think it is fine, normal, and even funny. Rape is no joke, and it certainly isn't funny. The rape culture needs to stop, and we need to stand up and speak out against it.
*Thanks to Lee for finding the post at Cookies for Breakfast, and writing about it in Life Lesson: Rape is NEVER a Joke. She made some great points, including, "What would Tosh have done if some drunk guys in the audience had thought it wasn’t a bad idea and decided to take him up on his idea and actually jumped her right there in the club? Would he have stopped it or cheered them on?" It is definitely something to think about.