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July 2012
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[TW: Rape] List of Comedians defending Tosh


List of Comedians that are being unapologetically dense about this issue:

  • Jim Norton (“Why is it okay for an actor to play a rapist, but not for a comic to joke about it?”)
  • Louis C.K. (“your show makes me laugh every time I watch it. And you have pretty eyes”) 
  • Patton Oswalt (“Wow, @danieltosh had to apologize to a self-aggrandizing, idiotic blogger. Hope I never have to do that (again).”)
  • Dane Cook (“If you journey through life easily offended by other peoples words I think it’s best for everyone if you just kill yourself”)
  • Anthony Jeselnik (“An offended audience member repeating a comedian’s act from memory is worse than, literally, anything”)
  • Stevie Ryan (“Daniel Tosh can’t make a rape joke but Eminem can have hit songs about it? PS. AIDS jokes are funnier”)
  • Doug Stanhope (“You’re hilarious. If you ever apologize to a heckler again I will rape you. #FuckThatPig”) — wow.
  • Opie Radio (“To all the idiots! I completely support Daniel Tosh being a comic in a comedy club! Even if it means rape jokes!”)
  • Kumail Nanjiani (“Two things about the Tosh thing. 1. It was said in the moment and not a pre written thing. 2. If you think he’s pro rape you’re an idiot.”) — this one, though. as though it makes it better that it was an off-the-cuff comment. don’t you see how revealing that is about him and his values?
  • Sarah Beattie (“calm down about rape jokes everyone’s been raped at least once by george lucas”)
  • Doug Benson (“Maybe Daniel Tosh was confused about where he was. He wouldn’t have offended anyone over at the Rape Factory. #ThisTweetWillBeDeletedSoon”)

Just so you have a list and can see how horrible people are all in one place

Goddammit, Louis CK was always my favorite. 

Folks, here’s what you can do if you’re disgusted by this:

  • Tweet at the comedian in question. People who are really into tweeting are generally narcissists who check their replies a lot. If you can, resist the urge to tweet “YOU ARE A FUCKING SEXIST PIG, CRACKER VON PATRIARCH!” and say something like “Wow, didn’t expect you to be a rape apologist. Disappointing.” or “All of your best bits are the ones that DON’T induce PTSD in your audience.” or “Why do you feel the need to defend someone who suggested a woman get raped? For real? #gross”
  • Tweet about the show. Companies now rely more on social media “impressions” than things like ratings. If lots of those impressions are negative, they’ll notice.
  • Mention it on their Facebook page. Again, impressions.
  • Unfollow their Twitter/FB page/tumblr. Even if you can’t resist the urge to check it every now and then, social media numbers matter a LOT to celebs, especially comedians.
  • In the future, if they announce new projects, tweet something like “Well, I was gonna buy @PattonOswalt’s new DVD, but since he felt the need to defend a rape apologist, I guess I feel the need to just watch it on YouTube.” Hit ‘em where it hurts: their bottom line.