“People with no sense of humor should stay out of comedy clubs.”
This is the comment I just deleted from my facebook profile, after I “liked” a link to a response to some comedian who made a poorly-received rape joke. Here’s the article.
Here’s the deal y’all: rape is too misunderstood and way the hell too prevalent, and the wounds it leaves are way the fuck too deep, for it EVER to be funny. Ever. I get it: making a rape joke is shocking, and things that are shocking make us laugh. I’m a Christian, and I still laughed at Sarah Silverman’s “Jesus is Magic” jokes. They’re funny! Her joke about how being raped by a doctor is so bittersweet for a Jewish girl? I see what she did there. I promise, I get it. And I still cringed. Like, really, if your comedic genius is so unique and so magical and so special snowflake that you simply MUST share your rape joke with the world lest it go tragically unheard, make a joke about something else. Really. You’re that unique and magical and special snowflake? Make a joke about something else, and prove it to me. Rape victims are silenced in so many ways: slut-shaming, self-blame, “she was asking for it”, and on and on, and that’s not even touching on the plight of women around the world for whom rape is a systematic means of oppression and control. For a grown adult to get a hold of a microphone and belittle, undermine, shame, and exploit that pain and silence for the sake of a laugh is Evil. It really is.
So dude who commented? You’re an ass. Look, I just made a generalization about you! You were asking for it. Also, I deleted you. I silenced you. Shut the fuck up and get out of my club.