Are rape jokes ever funny? Apparently that Tosh.0 comedian made some joke that some say "crossed a line"...I know my knee jerk reaction is "rape is never funny" (pretty sure some folks here can find quotes of me saying that very thing on another forum #dungeons). Here's a couple links, if you want background on the specifics of the Tosh thing:
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- Ah, yes, I read that one earlier. There have been interesting essays on both sides of the issue.Jul 14, 2012
- I've read that,, and to be honest, it's somewhat biased. Additionally, I think the person is speaking more subjectively than objectively, as well as appealing to emotion. Like I said in my petition, Tosh was wrong, but he's a comedian after all.
 - http://www.change.org/petitions/comedy-central-defend-daniel-toshJul 14, 2012
- , look up black comedy, also known as dark comedy. Tens of millions of people like that type of comedy, including myself. Again, you need to recognize the distinction between comedy and reality. What you find good, others will find bad; what you think is rude, others will think is funny.Jul 14, 2012
- I don't like rape jokes, but haven't gone as far as to say it shouldn't e allowed....free speech and all that...but part of that is that people who disagree have the same right to free speech. You (generic) don't get to avoid consequences...whether it be being the center of an Internet maelstrom or wing chastised by colleagues or employers.Jul 14, 2012
- All of this stuff is biased,, colored by peoples' experiences and world views. People on all sides are free to express their opinions on this issue, and I've found most of it to be enlightening, even if I disagree.Jul 14, 2012
- I didn't say he should be censored or taken off the air, just that he's tasteless. I don't find most of his jokes funny, bad I said before, but that's my taste.
You're allowed to like terrible things.
I'm allowed to say they're crude and tasteless.
Give me an Eddie Murphy or John Stewart or even Fred Armisen over Tosh.Jul 14, 2012