It's flat out wrong to find a popular joke, or a genre of joke, offensive. If you don't find a particular subject matter- especially one which flows from a good whack of society's few brain cells- funny, then you have no sense of humour and are most definitely somebody who is just out to ruin other people's fun. You're the Jehovah's Witness at the door of a party or the Catholic narrowing their eyes at the flood of people returning home smelling of sex and shame, at 10am on a Sunday. You're probably a hypocrite too, because there's always something that offends somebody (any Jehovah's Witnesses or Catholics reading this? Yeah, sorry for that comment). Somebody, and I can't be bothered googling it because it's pretty irrelevant, said that comedy isn't funny unless it offends somebody.
Do you know what's really funny? Especially, ESPECIALLY, for how offensive it is? And what you have no sense of humour if you don't agree with the hilarity of? Rape! RAPE, OF COURSE!
When the Japanese earthquake hit last March, killing over 15,000 people, facebook was inundated with poor taste, poor quality (wit level in the minuses) jokes. Even greater than the number spreading these shitty jokes, was the number of people getting aggy about the Japanese jokes. I watched the whole drama unfold, the arguments that followed, somewhat detachedly. It was quite an interesting thing, I got into an argument with one of the people getting all pissy about it, not because I thought the earthquake jokes were especially funny or acceptable or owt, but because the person in question was almost simultaneously liking pages making paedophilia jokes, as was another trend at the time, and pages against jokes about the Japanese.
You can't censor people, but you have to know your audience. How many of your facebook friends were victims of the earthquake? None? Very probably. How many of your facebook friends have been coerced into a sex act or have a close relationship with someone whose life has been ruined by it? None? You're wrong; trust me, if that's what you think, you're wrong. You don't make racist jokes on facebook, whether you're racist or just think they're funny, because chances are you have a mix of races on your friend list. But despite the fact that a 1991 survey found that 1 in 3 women will experience rape or attempted rape, you continue to make these jokes. I should not have to avoid stand up comics, in much the same way that I should not have to dress like a nun, to avoid references or attempts to rape. I should be able to go where I want, when I want, without rape ever coming into it. Rape jokes are low, lazy comedy, it takes no wit and at a stand up show, it's guaranteed a laugh, as I found yesterday. Buildings have to be accessible to people wheelchair users, it's the law. Why should comedy not be accessible to everyone?
I'm not advocating censorship, nor am I advocating extreme political correctness (by the way, political correctness is not inherently bad, but I'll talk about that another time). What I am advocating is not being a fucking knob. I hope you never know how devastating rape is to both the victim and everyone around them, and how devastating it being rammed down your throat as 'funny'. I hope that if you are faced with it, that you or the person you love is part of the 5% (FIVE PERCENT) of victims who are able to report it, and of that, part of the 7% who get a conviction. Sit there, for a moment. Imagine, 2000 people are raped. Of that, 100 of them feel they can report it. Then 7% of that 100 get a conviction. So that's of 2000 rapes, 8 people get a conviction. And at least 2000 people's lives are ruined, without including their families.
Fucking hilarious, eh?