Comedian Daniel Tosh has apologized following a ranting blog post by a woman who attended, and was offended, at one of his recent shows.
The woman wrote to her blog: “So Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc. I don’t know why he was so repetitive about it but I felt provoked because I, for one, DON’T find them funny and never have. So I didnt appreciate Daniel Tosh (or anyone!) telling me I should find them funny. So I yelled out, ‘Actually, rape jokes are never funny!’
… After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, ‘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…’ and I, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing i needed to get out of there, immediately nudged my friend, who was also completely stunned, and we high-tailed it out of there.”
… I should probably add that having to basically flee while Tosh was enthusing about how hilarious it would be if I was gang-raped in that small, claustrophic room was pretty viscerally terrifying and threatening all the same, even if the actual scenario was unlikely to take place. The suggestion of it is violent enough and was meant to put me in my place.”
Once the story gained traction, some started questioning the validity of the post, however Tosh himself took to his twitter account, after becoming a trending topic, to address. “all the out of context misquotes aside, i’d like to sincerely apologize… the point i was making before i was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them. #deadbabies”
A different approach at apology…
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