Earlier today, Lindy read aloud some of the horrific comments she received after appearing on Totally Biased to debate rape jokes in comedy. The comments are disturbing to say the least, and lots of funny, smart people came to Lindy's defense, with one notable exception. The shocking voice of dissent? Roseanne Barr.
Yes, Roseanne — the ground-breaking, glass ceiling-shattering comedian who writes an advice column for feminist magazine Bust, that Roseanne — had this to say:
FEMALE ADVOCATING CENSORSHIP OF COMEDY: jezebel.com/if-comedy-has-…— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 4, 2013
what to do if u do not like rape jokes: attack comics who advocate for free speech. #thatwillhelp— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 4, 2013
my point 4 those who think: Jezebel is a site that does not censor comments-most r woman hating, pro-rape, disgusting, racist and vile.— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 4, 2013
anyone who writes for Jezabel knows that. That is how Jezebel is making a name for itself-encouraging rape & misogynistic comments.— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 4, 2013
if U R going to write about rape jokes that some male comics tell for Jezebel, then know u r aiding a misogynistic woman hating site.— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 4, 2013
for a lot of ppl: laughing at the horror they lived through is a great way to dissipate the pain-laughing is what victors do-I'm proof.— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 4, 2013
Well, it looks like Roseanne didn't actually read or listen to anything Lindy wrote or said, or this wouldn't be happening. Her argument is jumping all over the place, so it's really hard to track what's happening. Let's see what we can do:
1. Lindy isn't advocating censorship — she's saying that comedians have the right to make shitty, tired, conservative jokes that target rape survivors and/or hurt women, and she has the right to call bullshit, and ask you to knock it off. Pretty simple.
2. Roseanne hasn't been on the site lately, because our comments are moderated, and our approved commenting community is filled almost exclusively with thoughtful femistGOD WHY AM I EXPLAINING THIS TO ROSEANNE??
3. Nobody said rape jokes can't be funny and cathartic. Certainly not Lindy.
And then she gets really amazing:
What Tosh did was different from telling a 'rape joke'-he didn't just joke about rape, he actually stuck something up a guy's butt on video.— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 5, 2013
And past amazing, is even more amazing still:
most working women want to use a good swiffer to clean their floors! cleaning is a good mental exercise that helps u get focused &organized— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) June 5, 2013
Honestly, that last tweet is why I love Roseanne — it's just like what!? What is happening here? Can someone please explain it? Because I don't even, and I don't want to stop loving her. I can't! She almost cast me on her show as the fat kid next door — true story!— and I've always looked up to her as an uncensored, brilliant anti-establishment icon. This shit she's pulling now is not in line with the bad bitch who takes no bullshit — she has to know she's not advocating against censorship here, but instead she's arguing for the shitty status quo.
Then again, she's retweeting stuff like this:
So who knows what's going on inside that wackadoo head of hers? If you have any clue, let me know, because I'm genuinely worried about her! Until then, I'm burning a candle and praying for peace.
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