Not Cool: Daniel Tosh Reportedly Joked About Heckling Audience Member Getting Gang Raped
4:50 pm, July 10th | by Laura Donovan
Oh, Daniel Tosh. Looks like you didn’t read our post yesterday on why it’s never okay to joke about rape. But apparently that’s a thing these days, as the comedian reportedly responded to a yelling audience member at one of his shows by saying it would be hilarious if she were to get sexually assaulted by a pack of men.
A blogger under the Tumblr account Cookies for Breakfast just posted an entry detailing an icky encounter her friend had with the television star. On Friday night, the blogger’s female buddy went out to the Laugh Factory to see Dane Cook. Though they found him entertaining, the friend wasn’t taken by the following act, Daniel Tosh, who, according to the blogger’s friend, began “making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc.” That riled up the friend, who responded to Tosh by yelling, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!”
While I don’t condone yelling at people onstage (even though it seems to happen a lot at comedy gigs), I understand why the woman got so upset. What’s even worse is that Tosh reportedly retorted with, “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…”
Oh, it would be a riot, Mr. ‘I love to sneak up behind women and lightly touch their stomachs.’ Considering you’ve joked about your sister getting raped during stand-up, it’s easy to see why you’d have no reservations doing the same to a complete stranger. Nevertheless, you scared her away. She left the show but she felt uncomfortable even doing that:
“I should probably add that having to basically flee while Tosh was enthusing about how hilarious it would be if I was gang-raped in that small, claustrophobic room was pretty viscerally terrifying and threatening all the same, even if the actual scenario was unlikely to take place. The suggestion of it is violent enough and was meant to put me in my place.”
And now Tosh should be put in his. Here is footage of him laughing about his sister’s rape during one of his shows:
Requests for comment from Tosh’s management were not returned.