“Saturday Night Live” Opens With A Rape Joke

I have a sense of humor. I swear to God, I do. But, damn it, rape jokes are never funny.

Even though the opening skit of this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” starred the only two black men in the cast as inmates at Rikers Island meeting accused sexual predator Dominique Strauss-Kahn (played by Taran Killiam), I was willing to go with it. Slightly racist casting there, but who knows, maybe they were the two cast members most enthusiastic about the material? Anyway, the skit was pretty funny: Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah played two guys locked in a cell bickering about the International Monetary Fund. I giggled a little, because it was silly. And then, at the end of the skit, Keenan says, “We’re going to rape you now.”
Oh, God, do I even have to say rape isn’t funny? Do I even have to say prison rape isn’t funny? So, a hotel maid being sexually assaulted is an evil act, but being sexually assaulted in prison is hilarious street justice? Rape is not funny or deserved, or will ever be funny or deserved, in any context.

C’mon, “Saturday Night Live.” You know better. [NBC]

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