I bet you’re wondering where part one can be found. The answer is that it can’t. I’ve decided to call this “Part 2” because part one exists all across the web. One comedian “goes too far” and one topic is no longer acceptable to make light of. If we can’t laugh at horrible and offensive things, we just become dead, boring, melancholy, hateful people.
If we can’t make jokes about the things that hurt us the most, we would be in our rooms in tears every moment of every day. 9/11 weakened this country in every conceivable way. But we were able to make jokes—horrible, tasteless, unoriginal, filthy, offensive jokes—but we laughed and we were able to cope.
Rape is now the hot-button issue because of a flippant remark made by comedian Daniel Tosh. Subsequently, the fine people of Center City Comedy, It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia, and myself released a video you may or may not have seen. Not intended to take advantage of the debate, entirely (honestly) by coincidental timing:
And then, released an article in response to a hateful and vindictive blogger:
(Which, I imagine you could consider part one of this soap-box speech)
While the outrage seems to be settling around Tosh, it hits home for us. I’ve been trying to make a name for myself in this business for years…and it hurts that people react this way. What hurts more is that people give any credence to some inane and illiterate blogger who only feels the need to cause pain.
I could be just as flippant about the negativity and the haters. I could retort in ways that are mean, spiteful and derogatory, but I don’t want to…except towards one person in particular. I don’t want to hurt people who have already been hurt or offended. I don’t want to hurt people–period. But if my sense of humor or style offends, I can’t control that. That’s who I am, and you are who you are. You probably won’t change, and I almost certainly will stay who I am as well.
I especially want to thank those involved with this project, and those who stand strong in support of comedy and the artist’s right to freedom.
Thanks guys (and especially gals)!