Take Daniel Tosh off the air
  • Petitioned Doug Herzog

This petition was delivered to:

CEO, Comedy Central
Doug Herzog
Director, Communications
Renata Luczak

Take Daniel Tosh off the air

    1. Alisse D.
    2. Petition by

      Alisse D.

      Attleboro, MA

Daniel Tosh, offensive jokester extraordinaire, crossed the line a few days ago in a comedy club. During a skit in which he made jokes about rape, a young woman stood up in protest of the offensive jokes. In response, Daniel Tosh "joked" about how "funny" it would be if she were to be raped by "like five guys" right then. His jokes continued and the laughter in the club grew so loud that the young woman had to flee in fear.

This takes offensive joking to the next level. Tosh did not simply make jokes about rape, which is bad enough as it is, but he used his jokes in a threatening way that a young woman ran away to maintain her safety. He used his jokes to silence a person who was concerned with the nature of them.

This is not a man that deserves to be revered and aired daily. He is tasteless, offensive in nature, and proud of it. There should be no pride in humiliating and scaring other people. His fauxpology on Twitter was hardly sincere and only serves to show us how much he cares about himself, but not for other people. Bad things do happen, and yes, you CAN make jokes about them, but that doesn't mean you should. And it certainly doesn't mean that you get to decide if anyone should be offended by them.

Furthermore:
- Tosh showed a assault on his show, disguising it as humorous: http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/video-breakdown---dildo-fight

- He has has encouraged men to touch women without their consent: http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/lightly-touching-women-s-stomachs-while-they-re-sitting-down -- and then his fans did as they were told: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/tosh-touching-women-stomachs_n_1423804.html

This petition is to get Daniel Tosh and his show, Tosh.0, taken off the air permanently. No new episodes, no reruns, no comedy specials. Period.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We've surpassed 35,000 signatures!

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      We've got about 15,000 left to go for the final goal! Keep spreading the word. Let Daniel Tosh and Comedy Central know that distasteful, violent jokes will not be tolerated!

    2. Reached 30,000 signatures
    3. 25,000

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for sticking with me. Although I've received plenty of messages telling me I'm in the wrong, nearly 30,000 people agree with me and I know there's lots more out there. Keep sharing the petition and we'll make this happen.

    4. Reached 25,000 signatures
    5. 20,000 signatures!

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      20,000 emails delivered to the CEO of Comedy Central. 20,000 people who agree with me: Daniel Tosh needs to go.
      Next goal: 25,000. We can make this happen.

    6. Reached 20,000 signatures
    7. 10,000 people can't be wrong.

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      Keep it up!

    8. Reached 10,000 signatures
    9. 1,000 signatures!

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      I'm in disbelief. That's 1,000 emails sent to Doug Herzog. Don't stop now- we've got another thousand to go as of right now, and then I'll increase the goal again ;) Keep it up, everyone. You're all awesome. Thank you SO MUCH for your support.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. I have increased our signature goal to 2,000.

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      I will likely keep increasing it as we get more signatures. Keep it up- this is amazing!

    12. WOW!

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      We are already halfway to our goal! This is incredible. It's really, really nice to see so many people supporting this. Be aware that every signature gets sent directly to Doug Herzog's email inbox.

      I may or may not increase the signature goal to 2,000. We'll see! Thank you for your support!

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. 300! Keep it up!

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your continued support!

    15. Reached 250 signatures
    16. 50 signatures in under an hour!

      Alisse D.
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support thus far. We still have a long way to go to reach our goal but we'll get there quickly--just keep sharing the link!

    17. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Charlier MADISON, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      I already had difficulty finding him funny--now I realize it was because he seems to think that being crass and offensive is the same as being funny. Sometimes, it's not.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Tara Saldajeno BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      He's a douche that perpetuates rape culture and makes a joke out of real fear and real abuse. This is unacceptable.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Yasmin Koppen ESSEN, GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Threatenting someone with rape is not funny, ever. Would anyone have laughed if he said "hey how about you will be murdered right now?" No. He should be off and really, anyone who laughed about that should be taken off publicity forever.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Susan middleton BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      He must have crawled out from under a rock, he obviously has no respect for his mother or grandmother.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Sharon Cooper DECATUR, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have friends who are rape survivors. I have been in the position of being sexually harrassed myself. Almost no woman in this country has not had a moment of fearing potential rape and to treat something so horrific so lightly, to imply that you would sit back and watch someone violate and victimize another person and find it FUNNY is appalling and callous in the extreme.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.