I wish I could give some concrete examples to back up why Daniel Tosh has always seemed to me like an awful nightmare of a person (or, at the very least, a person who is more than willing to come across as an awful nightmare in attempt to appeal to an awful nightmare crowd), but I do not watch Tosh.0 (IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT) and, although I have seen at least one of his stand-up specials, I can’t particularly remember any specific jokes that would serve to demonstrate that feeling. But, in the bits of Tosh.0 that I have seen, there is certainly a pervading mean-spirited, desperate and uncomfortable frat-boy vibe that leaves a bad taste, and because of that it comes, unfortunately, at very little surprise that a fan has recently posted a blog entry detailing a performance in which Tosh not only spoke about how rape jokes are “always funny” (which, honestly, is but kind of small potatoes, or actually just NORMAL potatoes, for the Daniel Tosh type of comedian) (awful, awful type), but also all but encouraged the gang-rape of a woman who voiced her disagreement. As a goof, though! GOOD GOOF! GOOD JOKE! LOLOLOLOL. Full blog post detailing the good joke after the jump.
From Cookies for Breakfast, via Pajiba:
So Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc. I don’t know why he was so repetitive about it but I felt provoked because I, for one, DON’T find them funny and never have. So I didn’t appreciate Daniel Tosh (or anyone!) telling me I should find them funny. So I yelled out, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!”
I did it because, even though being “disruptive” is against my nature, I felt that sitting there and saying nothing, or leaving quietly, would have been against my values as a person and as a woman. I don’t sit there while someone tells me how I should feel about something as profound and damaging as rape.
After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “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…” and I, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing i needed to get out of there, immediately nudged my friend, who was also completely stunned, and we high-tailed it out of there. It was humiliating, of course, especially as the audience guffawed in response to Tosh, their eyes following us as we made our way out of there. I didn’t hear the rest of what he said about me.
Obviously you cannot talk about blog posts from audience members talking about horrible things comedians said on stage without talking about THE BLOG POST from an audience member about a horrible thing a comedian said on stage. But this is tough in this case, with this comedian, because of how the market this particular comedian caters to is perhaps not the type of market who would be outraged to hear that a comedian they once supported made a out-of-line rape joke during a performance. No thoughtful blog has a Daniel Tosh Promise they can revoke, and it’s hard to expect that Daniel Tosh will have to release a formal apology for his disgusting, similarly lazy joke encouraging members of his audience to rape another member of his audience, because for those of us who would expect an apology for this garbage it is just, like, who is Daniel Tosh again? HE SEEMS VERY AWFUL, WHO IS HE! As if you’d expect an apology for the entirety of Family Guy, or for Dane Cook’s career, except with more of a niche market and worse. But, somewhere out there people paid to see him, and somewhere out there people clapped when he talked about rape jokes, and clapped when he talked about how funny it would be if five guys raped the girl who said she didn’t particularly enjoy rape jokes, and LOTS of people watch and love his show on Comedy Central, and my fucking goodness. What a nightmare. Everyone, please resume your previously in progress boycott of Daniel Tosh and the garbage that comes out of his mouth. He seems awful.