"Tosh.0" comedian Daniel Tosh apologized on Monday afternoon after a fan's blog post about rape jokes during a recent stand-up show in Los Angeles. According to the blogger, Tosh told one of his rape jokes and she found it offensive, yelling back "actually, rape jokes are never funny!"
Comedians don't usually take too well to audience hecklers, so he apparently came back with another rape joke - this one directed toward her.
"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…" Tosh said.
The blogger and her friend left the show and complained, but nothing came of it until she wrote the blog post. It prompted a response from the comedian.
"All the out of context misquotes aside, I'd like to sincerely apologize," Tosh tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
At least one comedian is on Tosh's side: Louis C.K.
"Your show makes me laugh every time I watch it. And you have pretty eyes," C.K. - known for his rants about hecklers - tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
Rape isn't funny - and rape jokes aren't funny, either. However, Tosh - and other apologetic comedians - do themselves a disservice for apologizing for what they say during stand-up. If you have enough guts to say it on stage, then you should stand behind it when under scrutiny - even if other people "don't get" what you meant.
Take comedian Carlos Mencia: The Honduras-born comedian makes race a prominent part of his act - and he even uses "the N word" repeatedly during his act. He's not black, so why doesn't he apologize for routinely using the world when Michael Richards did for using it during one show?
Well, one could argue Richards' racist rant was off-the-cuff and not a part of his act - it showed a real anger toward the black people in his audience. However, Mencia says its because his words - and that of other comedians - is more social commentary than reality.
"We are able to talk about things that nobody else is able to because of political correctness. But I think that we as comedians are beginning to suffer for it. People are beginning to give relevance to our words and that's dangerous," he told the Miami New-Times in 2010.
So, does Tosh advocate the rape of women? No, he says.
"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," he added on Twitter.
Do you think Daniel Tosh went to far? Was he right to apologize?
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