It would be nice if we could call it a day on the issue of rape in comedy. By this point, the basic arguments laid out so well by former Stranger and current Jezebel blogger Lindy West should just be accepted as facts. That there is a rape culture that comics should be aware of, that criticism isn’t censorship — these aren’t extreme notions. Or they shouldn’t be.
Instead, the worst goons subject West to endless torrents of awful over the matter. Right now, she has a post up detailing some of the reactions she received to a recent appearance on FX’s Totally Biased where she debated Jim Norton. It’s terrible. She filmed herself reading some of them aloud, and I couldn’t even make it to the end.
I don’t know how West endures all this, but I’m happy she’s willing to keep fighting back the jerks.