I’ve attempted on a few occasions to watch Daniel Tosh’s YouTube show, but unfortunately, I can never get past the fact that Daniel Tosh seems like a horrible human being, the worst kind of frat-boy dick, a Tucker Max wannabe, which is the last wannabe in the world you’d want to be.
My suspicions seem to have been borne out by a woman who recently attended a Daniel Tosh stand-up act. This is one account passed to another friend, who transcribed it for his or her blog, Cookies for Breakfast (via Southworth) about this woman’s experience as an audience member at Tosh’s act:
So Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc. I don’t know why he was so repetitive about it but I felt provoked because I, for one, DON’T find them funny and never have. So I didn’t appreciate Daniel Tosh (or anyone!) telling me I should find them funny. So I yelled out, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!”
I did it because, even though being “disruptive” is against my nature, I felt that sitting there and saying nothing, or leaving quietly, would have been against my values as a person and as a woman. I don’t sit there while someone tells me how I should feel about something as profound and damaging as rape.
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. It was humiliating, of course, especially as the audience guffawed in response to Tosh, their eyes following us as we made our way out of there. I didn’t hear the rest of what he said about me.
Was it a good idea for her to engage with a scuzzbucket during his stand-up act? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know. What I do know is that his response was amazingly out of line, inappropriate, and abhorrent. What a heinous motherf—-er.