I’ve said it over and over again – joking about rape, no matter how overt or subtle, is no laughing matter. Doesn’t seem to matter how many times I say it because time and time again I find another offender.
An online magazine aimed at university students called Uni Lad is the latest comedian. Among a myriad of offensive t-shirts, one in particular pokes fun at rape. The shirt reads, “Keep Calm, It Won’t Take Long.” Not funny.
It doesn’t stop there.
In a recent article from the same online magazine called “Sexual Mathematics,” the author writes, “If the girl you’ve taken for a drink…won’t ‘spread for your head,’ think about this mathematical statistic: 85% of rape cases go unreported. That seems to be fairly good odds.” Again, not funny.
The writers end the article with, “Uni Lad does not condone rape without saying ‘surprise.’” Yet again, not funny.
People on twitter were outraged by the article, which has since been taken down. In fact, the entire site is on hiatus. When you go to the homepage, you get the following message:
We would like to make a public apology as it appears that some of the content previously published on this site has caused some distress.
The content in question was un-called for and should in no way have been published, and we can assure you it will never happen again. Any grief this may have caused you, we apologise for. We took things too far.
Any flippant comments that may have been said during discussions, I also apologise for, it will not happen again. We are certainly going to be cleaning up our act on unilad.com.
We do appreciate where you are coming from with your points, hence forth, an immediate change in material.
Thank you, and sorry once again.
UniLad.com will be re-launching in a few weeks.
I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks these “jokes” aren’t funny at all.
Uni Lad boasts that they are a lad’s best guide to getting laid, so without changing the site’s complete vision, I’m not sure “it will never happen again.”
What do you think? Will Uni Lad stop making jokes about rape?
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