Daniel Tosh—the frat-boy-like 37-year-old “funnyman” behind Comedy Central’s Tosh.0—is not known for his sophisticated humor. Many of the jokes on his show are of the boob/dick variety, and there’s no shortage of lame gay skits. Anyway, he is what he is.
But Tosh inspired the ire of a couple of female fans at L.A.’s Laugh Factory (where Seinfeld’s Michael Richards unleashed a racist tirade that decimated his career) after a bit about rape and how it was funny, according to Hollywood.com. After a woman screamed at Tosh, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!,” Tosh responded by saying, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now? Like, right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her?” He’s the Quentin Crisp of our day (insert eye roll).
Reaction was swift and recriminating, but more muted than what came after Richards’s horrific act or say, Sinead O’Connor ripping a picture of the Pope—denigrating women is just not as sexy to the male-run media (and don’t forget, men get raped too, but most guys don’t realize that, or simply don’t want to hear or talk about it).
Tosh responded on Twitter with, “all the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize...the point i was making before i was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them. #deadbabies.”
His apology could have been worse, but it likely wouldn’t have been necessary if his initial joke had even a semblance of wit. But, hey, stoned college dudes—his faithful audience—are not known as the most discerning bunch.