Sweet Ranting du Jour: 7/13/12

“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.

4 Comments on Sweet Ranting du Jour: 7/13/12

    • Sweets
      July 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm (10 years ago)

      RARRR! 🙂

  1. Mary
    July 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm (10 years ago)

    What I really liked about that article you linked to was that the author GETS that comedy is supposed to push boundaries and is still saying, “No, this isn’t okay.” I’ve found that jokes about some of the hardest things in my life can be funny and therapeutic and good, because they acknowledge the pain, speak to it, transform it, say, “I am bigger and more than this pain, and you can be too.” But that requires an artist with every bit as much compassion as humor, and those people are hard to find.

    • Sweets
      July 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm (10 years ago)

      Thank you so much for articulating that so clearly, instead of just rage-blurting all over the internet, which is my M.O. Yes. If you can prove to me your rape joke will be of such magnificence that it will help us to transcend the horror and heal the world of this terrible thing, then carry on. Otherwise, what do you gain by telling a rape joke? Attention? Infamy? Is it worth it? I really don’t think so.


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