Rape Jokes Aren't Edgy, but W. Kamau Bell Is

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Lindy, is that you?
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Lindy, you don't want me to sit by you, because I laugh way too loud and I have crazy hair and I might even beg you in a piteous fashion to be my friend ...

That said, I want to go to this show. Thank you.
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Oh man... I wonder if I can convince my girlfriend to go with this. We're both huge fans.
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Humblebrag.
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You must have despised the festival of rape jokes that was Larry Wilmore's 2nd episode of The Nightly Show. Or are some rape jokes okay and others not? Does it matter that he's a Black liberal comedian?
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@5 I watched that episode and remember a bunch of jokes skewering Bill Cosby, but can't remember any that targeted or belittled rape victims. Examples?
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As long as a rape joke doesn't target or belittle a victim then it's okay - is that the standard what's okay for a comedian to say? I'd need to watch it again and see if any of the maybe 50 rape-related jokes was angled that way. I think there was something about Grover Cleveland being upset by Cosby returning for a second rape, a heckler's thoughts being moved to Vatican City from "rape town" and other like cracks. These were okay?
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@7 - I don't remember any jokes that targeted anyone other than the rapists/suspected rapists either. The Grover Cleveland joke about being raped twice was because he was President for two non-consecutive terms.

Also - did Lindy just come back from out of the blue here? Or has she been back a while and I just haven't noticed? (Or likewise has she continued to contribute occasionally since leaving and I haven't noticed those either).
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Remember when Jim Norton wiped the floor with your vintage 1990's Moral Majority-derived arguments and you then proceeded to end the show with a rape joke directed at him? That was some good television.

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@7 -- Yeah, maybe you should watch the episode again. Larry Wilmore's whole point was that the women should be believed and supported, so the idea that he'd simultaneously be making a bunch of jokes belittling or mocking them seems incongruous.

Also, nobody can tell you which jokes were "okay" for you. Everyone determines for themselves what they find funny or not, and everyone is free to express their thoughts on that topic.
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Okay fair enough. I found some of the jokes to be distasteful in the way they trivialized rape. There was also something about the sheer mass of rape-based levity that in amalgam turned me off. The audience groaned now and again too. I'm not comfortable telling someone else what they can laugh about though so if that's your thing abondanza - I can change the channel.
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@8

I think she's had some very occasional posts. If you click her byline, they'll probably show up. But she doesn't appear to have a staff position or writing with any sort of regularity like Anna and her album reviews.
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OK I went looking for W. Kamau Bell's podcast and I can't find it. Can anyone plz post a link?

many thanks
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Marginalized groups can never be the target of comedy? I guess Charlie Hebdo was asking for it then.
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@15 eew, itunes, gross.