Louis CK Appreciation Day

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  1. If anyone thinks that this only happens in fiction and comedy show they can read this harrowing and explicit account of a female on male rape attempt which I found linked on Danny’s blog*: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/no-means-no-no-matter-who-says-it/

    There were a lot of comments, many of them relating similar incidents, but the comments have been purged/deleted. One of the comments said “The sad part is, no one will ever ask you what you were wearing and how much you had to drink.”
    Contemplate the amount of empathy-fail behind such a statement. It is kind of staggering that someone would think that the sad part of a rape is not that he was raped, but that he doesn’t get victim-blamed some more!

    * http://dannyscorneroftheuniverse.blogspot.no/2012/08/being-man-doesnt-mean-his-no-doesnt.html

  2. “To qualify as a rape joke it must be remotely funny.”

    This a new rule now? Really, it should have always been that way. After the Tosh controversy, I remember reading a lot of feminist blog post about how rape jokes are never funny and I understood where they were coming, but I didn’t stop laughing at rape jokes I thought were actually funny. I still laughed at Louis’ and Sarah Silverman’s and Dave Chappelle’s rape jokes. Usually because, I think, their jokes (and others who know how to navigate such a topic) are less “HAHA RAPE” and more “HAHA The absurdity of RAPE CULTURE”. Is that weird? Can I call my Pro-feminism if I laugh at rape jokes?

  3. A lot of Louis’ stuff has bought into the “men are never hot” stuff, sadly.

    • Sarah Dalton says:

      Does it? It’s been a while seen I’ve seen his stuff, but the bits had had seen had mostly bought into a “Louis is never hot” kind of thing. That’s unfortunate, thanks for pointing it out.

      • ““You know what’s really sad about men? That we can’t have a beautiful thought about a woman that isn’t followed by a disgusting thought about that same woman. We’re not capable of it. We can’t do one without the other. If you’re a woman and a guy’s ever said anything romantic to you, he just left off the second part that would have made you sick if you could’ve heard it. That’s how our brains work. ‘She’s an angel…and I want her to drown in my cum.’ That’s the closest we can get to a poetry in our hearts. We love you. We really do. We think you’re angels….and we want you to drown in our cum. We want to drench your angel wings that take you to heaven in our sticky, gooey, disgusting jism. That’s what we want. I’m sorry, that’s just the way we are.””

  4. Wait, so the bar for comedians is set so freakishly low that so long as they’re only kinda sorta awful, then that means they get gold social justice stars?

    I mean, yeah, that little Jay Leno bit is good, and some of the stuff he does in his show is “omg sooo truuue lololol” but saying he’s a paragon of anti-sexism in the world of comedy for only doing a COUPLE of shitty things but also saying a few things that hit the nail on the head is… ridiculous to me. And also kind of apologism. If you’re going to be praising the guy for a couple things that he did, then you also need to critique the crappy stuff too.

    • Yeah, there are actually comedians who knock this stuff out of the park. Admittedly, most of them are women, like Josie Long or Tina Fey.

      But the greatest comic I’ve seen is now Andrew O’Neill. Firstly, massive points for being out as a hetero transvestite. Secondly (and sadly none of his great skits are online) he can do a SEARING deadpan critique of kyriarchy at will, worked into a largely apolitical, pythonesque routine without seeming preachy. Calling out bullshit actually makes great obvservational comedy. Oh, and he has a sense of the subtly surreal that you NEVER see coming.

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