If you don’t know who Daniel Tosh is, you’re lucky.

He’s a “comedian” who makes jokes that are primarily misogynistic, racist or otherwise offensive. He’s been in the news recently after he remarked recently that it would be funny if one of his (female) audience members was raped by “like, five guys right now.”

There was the appropriate Twitter kerfuffle and minor media storm. “Let’s end his career!” everyone cheers, tired of the crap we’ve been hearing from him for years.



But here’s the problem with Daniel Tosh: He thrives on this stuff. His audience is chiefly young men who feel that it’s cool or rebellious to swim against the grain of respect or political correctness.

Daniel Tosh shouldn’t be able to get away with joking about rape like that. “Having to basically flee while Tosh was enthusing about how hilarious it would be if I was gang-raped in that small, claustrophic room was pretty viscerally terrifying and threatening all the same, even if the actual scenario was unlikely to take place,” wrote the targeted woman. No one should be able to get away with stuff like that. As a society, we just can’t ignore that kind of behavior.

And yet I can’t shake the idea that we’re doing Daniel Tosh a favor.

I’m not sure what the solution here is. Does anyone have any ideas? Comment. Tweet at me. Help.

I’m Tess Rinearson, a computer science student and intern. I think about this kind of stuff all day, and if you want to hear more of it you might want to follow me on Twitter.



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