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