cancer and alcoholism has nothing to do with the sexual assault on someone’s body by another person. rape has nothing to do with church or state, or even comedy. rape often leads into PTSD, and many times, movies, television shows, books, even someone using the word can trigger someone who has experienced this trauma. rape can destroy someone physically and psychologically, and i still fail to see why it has any place in a joke.
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1.) I didn’t equate cancer/alcoholism to rape. 2.) The church/state comment was - much like everything comedians say - facetious and served a metaphorical purpose. I do think rape is horrible and almost everything you say is true, but I still stand by the claim that everything should be available in the domain of comedy. Offense is taken by the audience, but the comedian doesn’t aim to offend. If some topics are sensitive to a person, they should take the time and make sure they’re not subjected to it. Going to a Tosh show and expecting not to hear some of the (often unnecessarily) most borderline material isn’t wise. Was the joke any good? No. But it was still meant and delivered as a joke.