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Why Rape Jokes Are Never Funny (To Women)

Trigger warning: Discussion and descriptions of rape.

Imagine you’re at work and someone starts loudly criticising you in front of everyone. They’ve never met you before, never done your job, and they have no idea what they’re talking about. Jesus Christ they are out of line and annoying.

That’s what hecklers are to comedians. It’s stupid, it’s selfish, it often totally misses the point of the comedian’s humour and it’s just really annoying for everyone involved. Don’t do it.

A lady heckled a comedian onstage recently because he said that rape jokes are always funny. She called out that no, not to her they weren’t.

I have a very strong suspicion that she was missing his point entirely – it has been widely speculated since this incident went viral that thank you Ted, that was the joke: The humour in his statement was supposed to be derived from mocking the idea that rape jokes are always funny. At least, that’s what people who are fans of his have been saying. I’d never heard of him before yesterday.

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