Everyone was up in arms last week when a blogger wrote that Daniel Tosh said that it would be funny if "like five guys" raped her during a comedy show at The Laugh Factory in Los Angles. The comment went viral, forcing Tosh to comment on it via Twitter.
"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. âª#deadbabies," Tosh tweeted. A few minutes later, fellow comedian Louis C.K. sent a tweet to Tosh, leading people to assume that he was taking the Tosh.0 host's side.
"@danieltosh your show makes me laugh every time I watch it. And you have pretty eyes," the Louie star tweeted. Turn out, the tweet had nothing to do with the rape controversy — C.K. didn't know anything about it.
"I was on vacation in Vermont, watching TV in a hotel room and Daniel Tosh's show, Tosh.0, comes on and it's making me laugh, it's a funny show. I wasn't reading the internet at the time because that's how I go on vacation — I really hate the internet — so I just stopped reading it," he told Jon Stewart Monday night on The Daily Show. "But I'm watching TV and Tosh is making me laugh, so I wrote a tweet."
He knew nothing of the situation until he came home and went onto the web.
"Two days later, I come home and read these bloggers and Hollywood reporters [saying] 'Louis C.K. Defends Daniel Tosh Amid Rape Joke Controversy.' I had no idea. He got in trouble for making some jokes about rape and I didn't know about it. So I'm a defender of rape, that's what everybody says now… I've been called a rape apologist cause I said hi to a guy," he said.
Here's the thing, though: C.K. loves a good joke, no matter if it's about rape or "the Holocaust," in his words.
"Stereotypically speaking, feminists can’t take a joke," he told Stewart. The audience groaned. "See?"
"And on the other side, comedians can’t take criticism. We're just a bunch of p***ies" he added.
So, Louis C.K. wasn't exactly siding with Tosh, but he understands it. C.K. is a brilliant comedian, but he also pushes the lines a bit with jokes about, uh, having sex with dead babies, for lack of better words.
"Who are you hurting? He's dead! Who are you hurting?... I'm saying that if I found a dead kid in a field, and it wasn't raining, I might take a shot, I don't know," he joked in comedy special, Hilarious.
Tosh is hardly the first comedian to make incessant rape jokes — and it sounds like he won't be the last, either.
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