As you’ve probably seen we reblogged a piece today that has been making waves on most social media platforms. It is about her experience with Daniel Tosh, the Comedy Central TV host, doing stand-up featuring rape jokes. Now I don’t watch his show, not exactly my brand of humor, but it seems from this year’s Comedy Awards that not even his fellow comics respect his low-brow form of entertainment. (If I find a clip, I will add it). So shock humor isn’t exactly new territory for the host of Tosh.0, but to my knowledge in the past he hasn’t repented. He did yesterday. Kind of:
“All the out of context misquotes aside, I’d like to sincerely apologize,” he tweeted. He went on to say: ”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…On a lighter note tonight’s new episode of Tosh.0 will be featuring clowns.”
This type of apology frustrates me. For one thing, Twitter isn’t a particularly good forum if you want to sincerely apologize, since you can’t really cover what you are apologizing for in 140 characters. For another, he tries to discredit the woman and apologize in the same tweet. Then goes on to promote his show. For once, it would be nice to see someone step up and apologize for being complicit in this rape culture where laughing at the pain of others and their emotional trauma is acceptable and often applauded. We can’t act like we aren’t to blame as well. If people didn’t laugh, he wouldn’t have a job. If people didn’t laugh, he’d find something else to joke about. Still, the person with the microphone has the final word and in this case…it wasn’t particularly satisfactory.