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Tosh rape joke fail: Who's coming to Daniel's defense?

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Daniel Tosh pushes funny-bone boundaries

Daniel Tosh, Tosh.0 star extraordinaire, has struck a raw spot when aiming for the funny bone. The comedian known for going there may have just gone too far when it comes to rape.

Tosh.0's Daniel Tosh is in need of redemption himself this week -- both web and otherwise! The funnyman has landed himself in trouble by doing his no-holds-barred thing on the subject of rape -- because it's "always funny."

Performing Friday, comedian Daniel Tosh encountered a woman who happened to vocally disagree on that point, however.

This particular anonymous audience member also happens to have a friend with a Tumblr account, who detailed the incident for those of us not present to hear Tosh's rape joke firsthand.

The Tumblr blogger quoted her friend as saying, "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."

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She continued, "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."

She concluded:

"I should probably add that 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."

The entry ends with a call to fellow bloggers to spread the word about the incident.

Yet, at least one person has Daniel Tosh's back. The manager of the club in which the rape joke incident occurred told E! News, "Comedians sometimes tell jokes and sometimes they can be off color... I understand where she is coming from, but Daniel Tosh did not attack this young lady. I feel bad for her and I apologize to her. If you are a member of the audience and you start dishing out something to a comic and try to be funny, you better be able to take it."

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Daniel Tosh linked to the rape joke Tumblr post directly when saying sorry, and tweeted to more than 6 million followers, "all the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize."

He went on to add in a second tweet, "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."

Do you think Daniel Tosh's rape bit went too far?

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