Daniel Tosh apologizes for ‘out of context’ gang rape jokes



Comedian and “Tosh.0″ host Daniel Tosh has posted an apology for what appears to have been a series of gang rape jokes at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory comedy club.

Tosh’s tweet links to a blog post by an audience member who claims she was targeted for abuse after objecting to the rape jokes. Oddly, Tosh himself referred followers to the blog post, with the disclaimer “out-of-context misquotes aside.”

After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…” and I, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing i needed to get out of there, immediately nudged my friend, who was also completely stunned, and we high-tailed it out of there.

Some aren’t buying the apology.

@danieltosh I can't wait to hear your "lynching is funny!" bit. Or would that be a little TOO dangerous?

— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) July 10, 2012

Hey @DanielTosh, I usually think you're funny. But joking about gang rape isn't funny man. Ever. Rape is not a joke. But now you are.

— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) July 11, 2012

Misquote? BS. #Fauxpology BSx2. RT @danieltosh all the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize http://t.co/L0hA0jCg

— Jennifer L. Pozner (@jennpozner) July 10, 2012

Whatever was said, Tosh tweeted again to place the incident in context.

the point i was making before i was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them. #deadbabies

— daniel tosh (@danieltosh) July 10, 2012

@danieltosh 1. that's a pure bullshit "apology." 2. you potentially put an audience member in grave danger. 3. you're a hack. 4. fuck you

— Stephen Sowley (@scsowley) July 10, 2012

@danieltosh sure you can, there just might be negative consequences. Far more likely to be a rape survivor in your audience than a dead baby

— Laura (@ambitiouspants) July 10, 2012

And on an even lighter note, tonight's episode of tosh.0 will feature a lot less viewers. Get it @danieltosh?

— Slightlynorth (@Slightlynorth) July 10, 2012

Update: Dane Cook, who appeared at the same show, popped up to defend Tosh. His tweet apparently was quickly deleted, but not before Sophia Bush and others had retweeted it.

Seriously DC!? RT @danecook: @danieltosh You should offer her 2 free tix to the Laugh Factory, go onstage & do the same routine. #FuckSorry

— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) July 11, 2012

LOL i mean.. uhhh" @danecook: @danieltosh You should offer her 2 free tix to the Laugh Factory, go onstage & do the same routine. #FuckSorry

— Preston (@heisenbad) July 11, 2012

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