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Twitter Attacked A Comedian For A Sexist Joy Division Joke

Scott Aukerman, the host of Comedy Bang Bang, wrote a stupid tweet about hot girls in Joy Division shirts. The internet went IN on him.

This is the cover for Joy Division’s classic album, Unknown Pleasures.

It’s a really popular T-shirt design, and is worn by plenty of men and women alike. One comic, Scott Aukerman, focused on the latter gender’s fondness for the T-shirt in a tweet.


In my research, I’ve found the hot girl wearing the Joy Division t-shirt never wants to actually talk about Joy Division.— Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman is the co-host of the IFC show Comedy Bang Bang, which is pretty well-regarded for smart, irreverent comedy. He also runs Earwolf, a popular podcast network that serves as a hub for the Los Angeles comedy scene. So some Twitter users were stymied and pissed off about this joke. Many were eager to viciously take down the idea of “OH YOU HAVE BOOBS AND LIKE MUSIC? IMPOSSIBLE!” Turns out, for every Scott Aukerman, there are plenty more people who are willing to call out the problems with jokes like this in ways both serious and hilarious.

1. Moments after the tweet, Aukerman was promptly eviscerated.


This is really insulting. MT @ScottAukerman the hot girl wearing the Joy Division t-shirt never wants to actually talk about Joy Division.— maggie serota


“Hot girls blah blah blah” roughly translates to “my worldview has not matured since adolescence.”— Matt LeMay

3. Others on Twitter explained exactly why his joke was sexist.

If you don't get why the @ScottAukerman tweet is shitty replace "wearing the Joy Divison shirt" with "reading a science book".

— Daniel Ralston (@danielralston)

If you don’t get why the @ScottAukerman tweet is shitty replace “wearing the Joy Divison shirt” with “reading a science book”.— Daniel Ralston

dear members of the internet who are into women: a really good way to connect with a woman who’s into music is to treat her like a human

— maura johnston (@maura)

dear members of the internet who are into women: a really good way to connect with a woman who’s into music is to treat her like a human— maura johnston

5. But mostly, people just shot back at him with jokes of their own.

got hit on once w/ "wow i never met a girl who likes the velvet undergound" REALLY? DO U KNOW ANY GIRLS. ARE U SURE U KNOW WHAT "GIRL" MEANS

— Amber Eeeeeee (@rare_basement)

got hit on once w/ “wow i never met a girl who likes the velvet undergound” REALLY? DO U KNOW ANY GIRLS. ARE U SURE U KNOW WHAT “GIRL” MEANS— Amber Eeeeeee

Hey @ScottAukerman, can you explain this t-shirt to me? I got it because it sounded like Muppets, lol. http://t.co/vgIYp5g7qD

— Evie Nagy (@EvieN)

Hey @ScottAukerman, can you explain this t-shirt to me? I got it because it sounded like Muppets, lol. http://t.co/vgIYp5g7qD— Evie Nagy

ARE FAKE POST-PUNK GIRLS THE NEW FAKE GEEK GIRLS? OMG!

— maggie serota (@maggieserota)

ARE FAKE POST-PUNK GIRLS THE NEW FAKE GEEK GIRLS? OMG!— maggie serota

no one talks to me when i'm wearing a scott aukerman shirt

— boxcar (@pilotbacon)

no one talks to me when i’m wearing a scott aukerman shirt— boxcar

at the same time as that guy can go fuck himself, i really wish more people would talk to me about the jodeci patch on my backpack

— lily go hard (@lilybenson)

at the same time as that guy can go fuck himself, i really wish more people would talk to me about the jodeci patch on my backpack— lily go hard

11. His response to the criticism? A string of tweets that addressed it without really addressing it at all.

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