Sarah Silverman Makes Bill Cosby Rape Jokes: Funny Or Inappropriate?
Silverman wrote, “Bill Cosby gave me one of those ‘don’t be dirty’ lectures but I was unconscious & he was talking about my a-hole.” The message, sent at 10:21 p.m. Eastern Time, has received more than 1,400 retweets and has been favorite nearly 3,000 times. See screengrab below.
But the replies were mixed. “Too soon,” wrote one follower. Another said, “Your joke makes light of women’s actual pain. Not OK. @SarahKSilverman.” Other responses included, “Maybe I’m just a downer, but decent ppl don’t take the horrendous crimes committed against others as joke opportunities @SarahKSilverman,” and “ugh. You’re funnier than this low level of rape humor.”
Others laughed, like the person who responded, “Ohhhhhh Sarah! LOL,” while another replied, “Well played.” One tweeter offered an explanation for Silverman’s tweet, saying, “Obviously her joke is about the hypocrisy of Cosby being a rapist while always giving comedians sh*t about ‘working clean.'”
Following the various reactions, Silverman sent two more messages. “If I could rewrite my last tweet I’d edit it thus:” she wrote, going on, “Bill Cosby gave me one of those ‘don’t be dirty’ lectures but I was rendered unconscious.” See screengrab below. What do you think of the tweets? Is it okay for other comedians, or anyone for that matter, to joke about alleged sexual assaults?