The ideal roast joke is as clever as it is tasteless; failing that, most settle for just tasteless. (I would actually argue that the ideal roast joke is silent, because ugh roasts, but I’m not here to pick apart an entire cherished medium.)
And so it is not exactly surprising that Demi Moore chose tasteless. She was the “surprise guest” at the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, which aired Sunday. Recounting the 12 years she spent married to Willis (they split in October 2000), Moore said:
I was there for some special moments, like groundbreaking. Bruce, he got his career-breaking moment in Pulp Fiction. I mean it was...it seemed really odd at the time, I mean, he’s a big action star doing a little indie film, but Bruce went over to Harvey Weinstein’s hotel, and I don’t know, he came back swinging that ball gag, and man he said, ‘I got the part.’”
Get it? Accused rapist Harvey Weinstein also (allegedly) coerced people into sex in return for roles? Get it? It’s kind of funnier that it’s a man in this scenario, right???
Moore went on to joke about Willis looking like a penis all over his body.
Other notable recent jokes in the too-soon?-aw-fuck-it Harvey Weinstein canon include Seth Meyers’s at the Golden Globes (“Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry. He’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed in the In Memoriam.”), and John Mulaney’s at the Independent Spirit Awards regarding Weinstein’s future epitaph (“You don’t have to worry anymore, Harvey. It’s not going to say Project Runway. It’s going to say ‘XXL Unmarked Grave.’”).
Moore’s is the weakest out of all of these because the best Harvey Weinstein joke is a Harvey Weinstein-is-dead joke.