Daniel Tosh is hilarious to a lot of people. Personally, I don’t get it. Then again, I don’t get a lot of things in life, so maybe I’m just the odd man out when it comes to Tosh’s brand of humor. Although he’s never one to pull punches with his comedy — one of the funniest things I’ve seen him do is describe the atrocious Matthew McConaughey flick “Tip Toes” in vivid detail — apparently the jokes Tosh tossed around during a recent stand-up routine haven’t settled too well with a large section of the population. Given the topic, it’s easy to understand why.
According to Mashable, the comedian was going on and on about how rape and rape-related humor is endlessly hilarious when a female member of the audience interrupted his routine to express her displeasure with his questionable material. In true stand-up comedian form, Tosh turned his wrath on the poor woman.
“Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like five guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her,” he joked. Needless to say, controversy promptly ensued.
Those of you who are familiar with Tosh’s off-color comedy are probably aware that the comedian rarely says he’s sorry for offending folks, so his decision to issue an apology is a little out of character. Of course, when your’e dealing with an issue as sensitive as rape, it’s probably best to go ahead and apologize and save yourself the heartache generally associated with ticking off the masses.
If you’re curious to see how Twitter users are reacting to Tosh’s rape-oriented exchange, take a trip into the space below and have a look at some reactions to the story. We’ll kick things off with some tweets from the man himself. And if you’re a fan of his show “Tosh.0”, keep your fingers crossed that Viacom and DirecTV work out their differences before next week. Otherwise, subscribers might find themselves without their beloved Tosh-hosted television program.
all the out of context misquotes aside, i’d like to sincerely apologize http://t.co/ptA7kJ2c
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. #deadbabies
@danieltosh I can’t wait to hear your “lynching is funny!” bit. Or would that be a little TOO dangerous?
. @danieltosh Easier for a man w/ privilege to say #rape is funny. Survivors don’t think so. Respect them, don’t make #rape jokes…
@danieltosh sure you can, there just might be negative consequences. Far more likely to be a rape survivor in your audience than a dead baby
Misquote? BS. #Fauxpology BSx2. RT @danieltosh all the out of context misquotes aside, i’d like to sincerely apologize http://t.co/L0hA0jCg
The only thing worse than Daniel Tosh’s rape joke is people analyzing it.