How to Make a Rape Joke

by Travis Gertz

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this nasty incident going around the interwebs this week, but nothing I’ve read speaks to me as much as Lindy West’s article on Jezebel.

“That said, a comedy club is not some sacred space. It’s a guy with a microphone standing on a stage that’s only one foot above the ground. And the flip-side of that awesome microphone power you have—wow, you can seriously say whatever you want!—is that audiences get to react to your words however we want. The defensive refrains currently echoing around the internet are, “You just don’t get it—comedians need freedom. That’s how comedy gets made. If you don’t want to be offended, then stay out of comedy clubs.” […] You’re exactly right. That is how comedy gets made. So CONSIDER THIS YOUR FUCKING FEEDBACK. Ninety percent of your rape material is not working, and you can tell it’s not working because your audience is telling you that they hate those jokes. This is the feedback you asked for.”

Pow! Nails it.

Previously: If The Light’s On, The Dark Goes Away

Via Mike Soron


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