Model Karen Elson told she 'needs to get raped' by Daniel Tosh fan after she criticized the comedian's controversial joke
17:19 GMT, 13 July 2012
Public criticism: Model Karen Elson, 33, tweeted: 'Daniel Tosh didn't get the memo that [rape] never was and never will be funny'
Model and singer Karen Elson has received a slew of disturbing responses from Daniel Tosh fans after she took to Twitter yesterday, publicly criticizing the comedian's earlier 'gang rape' joke.
The 33-year-old British model and mother of two tweeted: 'Daniel Tosh didn't get the memo that [rape] never was and never will be funny.'
While responses were mostly positive, many of Mr Tosh's fans slammed her criticism within hours. One Twitter user replied: '@KarenElson_ Needs to be raped, she might lighten up after getting some for once.'
Ms Elson expressed shock at the responses, but refused to back down from what she called a 'bunch of misogynists'.
She tweeted: 'People's comments to my Daniel Tosh tweet are shocking. Guess we're in the dark ages,' before adding, 'Until you have walked in a woman’s shoes and have to walk in a world where being sexually harassed is common you may understand my point.'
Model Coco Rocha quickly came to the Ms Elson's defense on Twitter, writing: 'There’s some truly horrible and disappointing human beings hiding anonymously behind computers. Sorry you had to deal with that.'
Ms Elson, who was referring to Mr Tosh's crude joke directed at a female heckler during his comedy act, when he said it would be funny if the woman was gang raped, has since deleted many of the tweets to quell any 'drama'.
However she concluded on Twitter earlier today: 'The replies I received mostly from young men were vile and only proved my point that rape isn't funny.'
Mr Tosh was in the middle of his act at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles last Friday when he quipped that rape jokes are always funny.
A woman at the show shouted: 'Actually, rape jokes are never funny!'
The comedian shot back: 'Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now
'Like right now What if a bunch of guys just raped her…'
Standing up: Ms Elson, mother of two, expressed shock at the responses, but refused to back down from what she called a 'bunch of misogynists'
Fashion friends: Model Coco Rocha quickly came to the models defense on Twitter, writing, as did other women who called the fan's response 'disgusting'
An account of the exchange was posted by the woman on her Tumblr account. But Mr Tosh said his remarks
were taken out of context.
She wrote: 'I did it because, even though being “disruptive” is against
my nature, I felt that sitting there and saying nothing, or leaving
quietly, would have been against my values as a person and as a woman.
Bad taste: Comedian Daniel Tosh was on stage at the Laugh Factory in LA when he made the remarks
don’t sit there while someone tells me how I should feel about
something as profound and damaging as rape.'
On his Twitter account on Tuesday, Mr Tosh wrote: 'All
the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize.'
He then posted a link to the Tumblr blog Cookies For Breakfast.
He followed up his tweet, saying: 'the point i was making before i was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them. #deadbabies'
The woman claimed that she and her friend were left humiliated by Tosh's comments and 'hightailed it out of there'.
The audience members said they were
not refunded the cost of their tickets but offered a free pair to
another show at the LA club whose past stand-ups include Jerry Seinfeld,
Ellen Degeneres, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and Bob Hope.
Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada disputed the woman's version of
events, according to Buzzfeed. He said that the woman stayed for the
rest of the gig and complained when she was leaving.
In an interview last year with Entertainment Weekly, Tosh defended his brand of humor saying: 'I’m not a misogynistic and racist person. But I do find those jokes funny, so I
He added: 'If you don’t want to get insulted don’t go to comedy clubs.'
Mr Tosh, 37, got his break at the Just
For Laughs festival in Montreal in 1998 and has appeared on the late
night shows of David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel.
Backtrack: Tosh offered an apology on his Twitter account yesterday after making a joke about a female audience member being gang raped
Funny factory: The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles has seen famous comedians including Ellen Degeneres, Richard Pryor and Jerry Seinfeld
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