Daniel Tosh is not only known for his comedy on Comedy Central, but he is also known for delivering "envelope pushing" punch lines. insidetv.ew.com reports asking Daniel what kind of humor he uses and his response was, "I'm not a misogynistic and racist person... But I do find those jokes funny, so I say them."
Recently Daniel Tosh was doing an evening comedy show wherein he made a comment about rape jokes always being funny. A woman in the audience raised her voice and spoke out saying, "Actually, rape jokes are never funny." Daniel Tosh's response to this woman was, " 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..."
Part of what I personally found the most shocking in this entire scenario is the part where the audience continues to laugh, even when the woman who spoke up left the comedy club that night in complete humiliation. This woman decided to stand up for what she felt was right in that moment, and was ridiculed for it. So should we point fingers at the comedians who try to find humor in something that leaves no smile on my face, or should we be examining instead the larger community of people who are continuing to support men like Daniel Tosh who make these jokes? Let us not be bystanders like the audience members, instead lets be more like the woman who spoke up when she could not sit down and listen any longer.
Daniel Tosh did go on Twitter apologizing for the joke he made, but a tweet he sent out immediately following his apology makes me question his sincerity..." 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"
Below is a link to the blog post written from the perspective of the woman who spoke out that night at the club. This post gives further insight to the evening's events, have a read and re-post it to get the word out!
My question for you is... How far is too far? Should comedians be allowed to joke about anything they deem appropriate? Let us know what you think!