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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why I Have To Stop Watching Comedy Central

Expel Rapists

It's a shame.  I like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report (who doesn't?), but after seeing last night's Tosh.0 commercial wherein Daniel Tosh speaks directly to the screen saying (after announcing his contest for him to visit your college or something), "Start taking your birth control, Freshmen.  I'm gonna fuck you."  


So, yeah.


Earlier in the evening, I was complaining to Patrick that I should start collecting statistics on the number of commercials that are based on gender stereotypes (brought to you by the Slim Jim Manbulance, and basically almost every other commercial on Comedy Central) and are reinforcing society's proper gender roles to a ridiculous insulting degree.  I shrugged it off and kept watching though.  However, during a commercial break when Tosh looks straight in the camera and is allowed to promote rape culture in a lulzy sort of way that in real life would be considered a creepy, creepy threat, I have to wonder why I'm watching and not reading a book, playing with my dog, or clipping my toenails instead.


Rape is not funny.  Threatening young women with rape is really, really not funny.


Look at the photo at the top of my post here.  The photo is by friendlyneighborhoodcurmudgeon and was taken at MSU.  She writes: Two MSU basketball players raped a woman in the dorms then one admitted to it. Their only consequence was that they had to move out of the dorms. This picture is of me and one other woman holding up this banner during Midnight Madness. Two other brave souls had a banner on the other side for a while before some jerk started playing tug or war with them over it. This was taken before we got booed at by 10,000 people and police escorted from the stadium. "


These things happen.  These things are not funny.  They are not jokes.  A commercial with smarmy disgusting Daniel Tosh lulzing over raping and impregnating young freshmen in a 100% predatory-toned statement should not be aired.  Ever.  But it was. And it and others like it will surely continue to be aired.  And these sorts of "jokes" will continue to promote rape culture.    

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