[InsideTV] Daniel Tosh isn’t the sort of comedian who typically apologizes for anything. His hit Comedy Central series Tosh.0 frequently explores potentially offensive territory with jokes that some would consider misogynistic or racist, and that his fans find hilarious. But it seems Tosh firmly strayed over the line during a recent live appearance. The comedian tweeted an apology and a link to a blogger’s account of his recent stand-up performance. “All the out of context misquotes aside, I’d like to sincerely apologize,” Tosh wrote. The original anonymous “friend of a friend” account would be too sketchy to use for a source if not for Tosh’s tweet acknowledging there is some substance to it. So keeping in mind that Tosh says he was misquoted, the original account was by a female audience member who says she was unfamiliar with Tosh’s act when she caught his performance at the Hollywood Laugh Factory. She claims, “Tosh [started] making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious.” The audience member felt “provoked” and says she yelled out, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!” Continues the account: “After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, ‘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…’ and I, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing I needed to get out of there, immediately nudged my friend, who was also completely stunned, and we high-tailed it out of there … I should probably add that having to basically flee while Tosh was enthusing about how hilarious it would be if I was gang-raped in that small, claustrophobic room was pretty viscerally terrifying…” Tosh tweeted: ”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,” then added: “On a lighter note tonight’s new episode of Tosh.0 will be featuring clowns.”
Nothing is sacred in humor. Nothing. It’s that simple. If you don’t like it, you’re more than entitled to keep your mouth shut & leave. You have the right to post how petrified you were of getting gang-raped smack dab in the middle of a comedy show audience as you exited. You don’t have to find it funny or appropriate – but you sure as shit don’t deserve an apology. I’m not saying Daniel Tosh, Michael “The Nigger Guy” Richards or anyone else who has ever offended on a grand scale in the name of comedy didn’t have to issue a public “I’m sorry” for career damage control. I just hope it’s as insincere as possible. Apologizing for poor taste in material is exactly the same as those who whine about a comic crossing the line. What IS the line? Oh that’s right, there is none because everyone has their own brain and, therefore, their own line. With that said, you’re not owed shit other than an exit at your convenience. You’re not forced to listen to or read anything that clashes with your pristine moral makeup, no matter how common you believe it is. You don’t speak for everybody…although the self-entitlement of people like this complaining cunt does speak volumes for their lack of a sense of humor. To me and others, the more wildly unrealistic and absurdly you can present a potential situation, the funnier it is. So I laugh at the thought of Tosh on stage saying ‘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…’ to some broad who couldn’t help but make her presence known on her way out the door. Just compelled to fight the good fight. Fuck you, bitch. There’s a significant difference between a rape joke and Tosh on stage standing behind an actual rape in progress shouting “Are you not entertained?”. Get over yourself.