I’m sure everyone knows this by now since it’s been on the news for like 800 hours straight, but Daniel Tosh recently got a lot of flack for making a rape joke, or more specifically, taunting a girl who told him rape jokes are never funny. I don’t really like Daniel Tosh or find him amusing so I’m not personally vested in this, but I’m bringing it up because he is just the latest in a slew of people who have been criticized for making some sort of humorous comment regarding sexual assault. Even our very own Too Much Fire has come under, ahem, fire, for a rape joke (of the bicycle variety, mind you).
Look, rape jokes aren’t always funny by any means, just like dead baby jokes and racist jokes and holocaust jokes aren’t always funny. Obviously, a rapist making a rape joke wouldn’t be very funny, and a racist telling a black joke would just be plain racist and sad. And some jokes just suck, but it’s not necessarily because they are offensive. There’s this weird, false belief going around that a joke has to be injected with and slathered in social awareness for it to be good, and that couldn’t be further for the truth.