'Hobbit' Star Makes Truly Awful Joke About 'Rape, or Whatever'

During a publicity interview for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the film's star Martin Freeman was asked a fun, fluffy question about what sort of Middle Earth race he'd be most DTF. And he answered with a pretty fucked up joke about elf rape. Goddamn it, Bilbo. I didn't think this kind of talk was tolerated in… » 12/17/13 4:50pm 12/17/13 4:50pm

'Meet My Rapist' Is Rape Comedy Done Right

Maaaaaan, just last week I promised myself I was going to take a (permanent?) Sandals Jamaica vacay from writing about rape in comedy, but I just can't sleep on Jessie Kahnweiler's short film Meet My Rapist. It's a brilliant, troubling example of how "rape jokes" can be cathartic and complex and difficult and… » 10/14/13 3:30pm 10/14/13 3:30pm

Dan Harmon Says He Doesn't Want to Be Known as a 'Rape Joke' Guy

On his podcast Sunday night, Community creator Dan Harmon used a rather, um, unpleasant rape analogy to describe the agonizing helplessness of watching his replacements pick up his brainchild and run with it. “It’s exciting," Harmon said. "There’s something awesome about being held down and watching your family get raped … » 6/18/13 3:20pm 6/18/13 3:20pm

Patton Oswalt Wrote a Gorgeous Essay on Rape Jokes and Comedy and Life

To clarify: I put "rape jokes" in the headline, for brevity, because rape culture in comedy is a frequent and contentious topic 'round these parts. But the true heart of Patton Oswalt's expansive essay is much more universal. It's about bubbles—how all of us live in our bubbles, hide in our bubbles, and judge others… » 6/14/13 6:35pm 6/14/13 6:35pm

Zosia Mamet Is the 'Keeper of the Rape Jokes' on the Set of Her New Play

Girls's Zosia Mamet is currently starring in an off-Broadway play about a "murky rape accusation," and behind the scenes she has been dubbed the "keeper of the rape jokes." Because, of course, you always need rape jokes to "let off some steam," and you always need a lady around to tell everyone else whether or not they… » 2/20/13 8:00pm 2/20/13 8:00pm

How Not to Host a 'Rape Joke' Debate

Can rape jokes ever be funny? We think so: check out Lindy's primer on how to make a rape joke for tips such as "Easy shortcut: DO NOT MAKE RAPE VICTIMS THE BUTT OF THE JOKE." Basically, effective rape jokes only work if they make fun of society/oppressors, not the oppressed. The question is definitely worth analyzing in … » 11/16/12 5:30pm 11/16/12 5:30pm

Pro-Wrestling Manager Apologizes for Making Dumbest Rape Joke Ever on…

Last night, during a live broadcast of the WWE's Monday Night Raw, one of the wrestlers' managers (or, rather, an actor who plays the manager of an actorathlete who professionally wrestles) compared his charge to "Kobe Bryant in a Colorado hotel room... unstoppable," a tacky, stupid joke that was followed almost… » 7/31/12 3:30pm 7/31/12 3:30pm

Louis CK Wasn't Defending Daniel Tosh, Restores Faith in Humanity

Your comedy boyfriend Louis CK caused the stomachs of some of his female fans to drop precipitously last week when he sent what sure looked a lot like a supportive Tweet in the direction of Daniel "Release the Rape Hounds" Tosh. But it turns out it wasn't what it looked like, as the comedian explained on The Daily Show » 7/17/12 10:00am 7/17/12 10:00am

Daniel Tosh Reportedly Scrambling to Find Non-Rape Joke Before New…

Comedian Daniel Tosh, fresh off opening a squirming can of rape worms by telling a female heckler that it would be funny if she got sexually assaulted by, like five guys, has a bit of a problem on his hands. His new show's first episode is scheduled to be shown at ComicCon today and according to a source, the whole… » 7/13/12 11:10am 7/13/12 11:10am

Twitter Finds 'Replace Band Names With Rape' Meme to be Hilarious

The first time I tried to load the #replacebandnameswithrape hashtag, my computer browser warned me that the page contained insecure content. "Insecure" doesn't even begin to describe it. I'd be offended if I wasn't so depressed. You know people fought in wars to protect our freedom of speech, right? And this is how… » 5/01/12 3:00pm 5/01/12 3:00pm

Students Speak Out Against Gross Bros and Their Parties

Barstool Sports, for the uninitiated, is the broquivalent of those gossip blogs that talk about how fat female celebrities are, interspersed with dumb jokes about the girth of the blogger's dick. They're also hosting a series of parties at locations around the country. But some students at Northeastern University say… » 1/30/12 2:00pm 1/30/12 2:00pm

Edgy Canadian Marching Band Find Lamp Rape Jokes So Funny

The marching band at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario has been barred from participating in remaining scheduled fall term performances for producing and distributing a book of edgy rape and tit-biting jokes. Ah, college. It's like potty training for the mind, and there's always a contingent of youngsters who… » 11/18/11 6:20pm 11/18/11 6:20pm