Comedy Central: Defend Daniel Tosh!
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Comedy Central: Defend Daniel Tosh!

    1. David Greene
    2. Petition by

      David Greene

      College Station, TX

Daniel Tosh has been criticized in the past for his dark humor and politically incorrect jokes. He is well-known for being a morbid and oftentimes cynical comedian, most notably in regards to his bawdy stand-up routine and television broadcast, Tosh.0. Recently, however, yet another controversy has broken out involving Daniel Tosh.

During one of his stand-up comedy performances at the Laugh Factory, Tosh was supposedly speaking about how anything can be funny, even horrible things like rape. Immediately after, woman began heckling him, yelling out that "Actually, rape jokes are never funny!" In response, Daniel Tosh was alleged to have said, "wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now?"

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UPDATE: Apparently, the owner of the laugh factory has a different perspective about the event. While the main consensus is the one above, here is an alternative perspective of the event. Even if his telling of the event is true, however, her friend's actions were still unjustifiable.

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This was, of course, inappropriate to say. As any stage performer would tell you, though, heckling can be very offensive and potentially ruin a routine. Especially with stand-up comedians, some performers address and engage the heckler in order to defend themselves. Daniel Tosh, being the outspoken individual that he is, incorporated this heckler into his act by pointing out how even if this rude lady were raped right then, it could be funny in some contexts. While that may have been excessive, it's understandable that he'd respond so harshly to someone who's interrupting his routine.

Now, that same woman's friend made a blog post on Tumblr, telling her side of the story. Instead of simply blogging the experience, she painted herself as the victim and fabricated a very exaggerated and one-sided story, demonizing Daniel Tosh for simply responding to her inconsiderate heckling. Even after Tosh issued a public apology via Twitter with the blog actually linked in it, as well as a second post explaining why he said what he did, Daniel Tosh is still under fire by the public and media. In fact, there are multiple petitions on this very website (Change.org), calling for Tosh.0 to be canceled and Daniel Tosh be ostracized for his comments.

This is absolutely absurd. This entire ordeal began when the woman had attacked Daniel Tosh at his own show, only to write a blog post that makes her sound like she was the one who was verbally assaulted. Daniel Tosh is famous—infamous, rather—for being a controversial and edgy comedian, so the fact that he replied so harshly to a heckler shouldn't be surprising.

Nonetheless, he did the responsible and courteous thing by apologizing for making such an inappropriate remark, regardless of the fact that the woman had interrupted him so rudely.

Despite all this, however, he is still being condemned and now, there are even petitions aiming at taking him off the air!

So far, multiple comedians and celebrities have stood up in defense of Daniel Tosh, including Louis C.K. and even the owner of the Laugh Factory.

No matter your views toward him as a person or whether you like his form of comedy, this is a clear violation and offense against Daniel Tosh. He should NOT be damned just because of an off-handed statement he made.

 

Stand with the owner of the Laugh Factory, Louis C.K., Stevie Ryan, Patton Oswalt, and many more in defense of Daniel Tosh!

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      30 signatures already! Thank you to everyone who's signed! I need your help, though. It's hard for me alone to advertise my petition, so I need for you to share this petition with your friends and family. Something as simple as an e-mail asking to sign or posting a link on your social networking website (e.g., Facebook, Google+, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) can really help! Spread the word because right now, the petition asking Comedy Central to take Tosh.0 off the air is growing fast. Please help defend Daniel Tosh!

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    • Amanda Asplund SAVAR, SWEDEN
      • over 1 year ago

      Because ppl need to chill, and not take everything so fking seriously.

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    • jeremy barnes MOUNT JULIET, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      freedom of speech, and hes funny. I'm grown why can't i enjoy his art?

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    • jo zembabwey ST PETE BEACH, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      MEH

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    • Bobby Rimkis WEST CHESTER, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because in my opinion he did nothing wrong. A jokes a joke, and people need to get over it.

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    • Keirsten Krejci CORONA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Daniel tosh is a comedian, and very nice to his fans in person.

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