Rape jokes on the radio
This weekend my husband and I drove from Denver to Salt Lake to Moab and back. We listened to the Comedy Central station on Sirius X satellite radio.
On the way there we heard five rape jokes over a period of seven hours.Each from a different comedian. There might have been more aired, but we don’t know because every time we heard one we changed the channel immediately and waited awhile before switching back. On the way home we heard two more, but after the second one we just got fed up and stopped listening to the Comedy Central channel completely.
It was absurd. The rape jokes ran the gamut from jokes about date rape, jokes about drugging someone and then raping them, jokes about people who had been raped as children, jokes about ugly girls worrying about rape, jokes about prison rape, jokes about violent rape, jokes about raping underage people. The jokes came from both male and female comedians.
And for all of them, we just thought: not only is this completely UNFUNNY, but it’s now bordering on UNORIGINAL. The profusion of rape jokes—besides being horrifically inappropriate and harmful in a lot of ways—is the height of comedic stagnation. And yet as we saw with the Daniel Tosh debacle, these comedians fight tooth and nail for their right to make these harmful, uncreative jokes. For a bunch of people who pride themselves on their creativity in humor, that’s the hill you choose to die on?
These comedians just came off as bullies and rape apologists and—dare I say it?—fucking rapists themselves.
In conclusion, this is a disgusting problem and I cannot believe anyone laughs at these fucking jokes. We certainly didn’t.