I have a fairly decent sense of humor. That includes even some of the most offensive comedy. I understand the concept of satire, of playing on the absurdity of a situation. When done with expertise, I think it should be commended.
I do not, however, understand why satirizing male rape is supposed to be funny. The wonderful folks at derrickcomedy.com decided to create a comedy sketch that pokes fun at the To Catch a Predator broadcasts. Bro Rape: A Newsline Investigation mocks the rape of college males. While one may find elements of the sketch humorous, consider whether it would be as funny if the victims were female. Consider whether it would be funny if both the rapists and the victims were female. I highly doubt that it would.
Part of the problem in our society is that male rape is not taken seriously at all. One can read the comments found on the YouTube link and see that at worst people think that it is ‘gay’ (as in homosexual, not lame). For every mountain tossed up by feminists and support groups who present misinformation and hostility, there are the perils of the valleys caused by this kind of ‘humor’. For every person who claims it is not that bad for males there is someone who hears it and giggles.
To be certain, a major reason for this is the notion that male pain is somehow funny. This kind of ‘humor’ is an extension of hitting males in the groin, torturing them and killing them in incredibly graphic fashions. The ‘humor’ works because it is impersonal. It is just ‘some guy’. Tangibly speaking, the guys raped in this video are no different than the Persians slaughter in 300. It is all for show. That would explain why the twelve-inch black dildo is supposed to be funny.
However, the main reason is because a male being raped is seen as an extension of his weakness and ultimately his failure as a male. It is funny because he should be able to prevent it. Oddly enough, the set-up of the video involves both alcohol and overt trickery and manipulation.
Many may see this as harmless humor. Many will likely think this is an overreaction. Yet again, one would never see this kind of video being made about female victims. Assuming it did occur, it would not go unchallenged and few would actually find it funny. But imagine what a college guy who was raped by someone he trusted would feel seeing this video. Why should his pain be the price for our entertainment?
I do think that one can joke about even serious subjects like this and still do it without humiliating those who actually experienced it (Louis C.K. did a fine job with it in his HBO special). However, there are times when it just is not funny, and this is one of those times.