59. Punching Down
Here's more of the report the comic references. It's grim seeing the normalising use of rape in comedy routines (and elsewhere) and worse when it crudely gets defended with the "comedy is about breaking taboos" by rape joke apologists. I could probably write a very long, very boring blog expanding on all this but suffice it to say: No, I do not think any subject, rape included, should be off-limits for a comedian - but I think it's the responsibility of the comedian to - at the very least - question what their point is, and where that joke is coming from. Film Crit Hulk wrote a very good article responding to a contrarian clickbait Slate article about rape here. Worth checking out.