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Comedy Central and Daniel Tosh: Dedicate an Episode of Tosh.0 to Rape Awareness
  • Petitioned Daniel Tosh, Comedy Central, Renata Luczak (Director of Communications)

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Comedy Central and Daniel Tosh: Dedicate an Episode of Tosh.0 to Rape Awareness

    1. Imran Siddiquee
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      Imran Siddiquee

      CA

Daniel Tosh recently made an unbelievably offensive and hateful joke about raping a woman who was attending his stand-up show: http://bit.ly/ToshAwfulJoke

After the woman confronted the comedian about his claim that rape jokes are always funny, Tosh replied: "Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…”

The woman, who left the show after this incident, described how it made her feel:

"having to basically flee while Tosh was enthusing about how hilarious it would be if I was gang-raped in that small, claustrophic 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."

Tosh is the host of a popular Comedy Central show called Tosh.0 where he regularly reaches millions of viewers. He is idolized by youth all over the country and has over 6 million Twitter followers.

We think Tosh needs to go beyond apologizing on-air for his mistake (though that would be a start).

Rather than ask Comedy Central to cancel Tosh.0, we're asking them to use Tosh's platform to reach millions with the truth about rape in America by dedicating an entire episode to rape awareness.

1 out of 6 women in America have experienced an attempted or completed rape.

At the time they were raped:

22% were under the age of twelve
54% were under the age of eighteen
83% were under the age of twenty-five

(Source)

Instead of teaching viewers to tacitly condone rape by laughing at the idea of women being violated, Tosh has a chance to educate people about how serious of an issue sexual violence really is. Comedy Central has the chance to make a difference for women and girls in this country and around the world.

It's time for this man to step-up and do something positive with his influence.

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    • Kathryn Gardner MADISON, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      I am sickened that rape can be considered a joke, and that men defend it in the name of 'no sacred cow in comedy.' I'm sorry, do they know what its like to have this eternal existing fear of being raped day in and day out? And for 1/4 women who have been? NOT FUNNY, and it's threatening. I'm further disgusted by all the MALE comedians who have backed him up as well. I want them to put them in our shoes and THINK what it's like.

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    • Jeremiah Chamberlin WINDSOR, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      rape jokes are not always funny. enough said

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    • Jule Barker MANSFIELD, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Tosh, I love ya, but you should know your boundaries. You even acknowledged there were things serious that shouldn't be joked about in one episode, rape being one of them. Don't be hypocrytical. Even if Tosh could just NOT joke about it, I'd be content. If he could actually do this, which I doubt he ever would, I'd be very pleased. Don't have to talk about it, just say the episode is dedicated to it. And avoid rape jokes all the while.

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    • Paul Whiting PORTLAND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      "Thou shalt not rape!"

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    • Michelle Deuel FORT CAMPBELL, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      Sexual assault isn't about gender even. anyone can be assaulted in this way. Yet repeatedly our cultural stance has been to find some fault with the victim. Maybe they made a bad choice, entered a risky situation, that is not an excuse to pardon their attackers.

      Sexual assault is not a punishment. it is not a consequence. Its a crime.

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