Monday, May 23, 2016
Must not joke about rape
Ray Badran says he received death threats online from a joke he told involving the word rape.
That was one of the first tweets that Ray Badran received last year that make him realise something wasn’t right.
A few nights earlier, the Sydney stand-up comedian had been confronted by an audience member at a warm-up gig for last year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival after she objected to a joke he made using the word “rape”.
In what Badran considers one of his worst gigs, he ended up walking off stage frustrated and saying “f**k off and die”.
The joke goes something like this: “If you’re black you can do jokes about being black, if you’re gay you can do jokes about being gay … so I’m not sure if you can tell just by looking at me but … I can do rape jokes.”
Badran estimates he had told the joke to about 50,000 people before that Melbourne gig last year without any complaints.
“It’s self-deprecating — that’s why I can get away with it,” Badran tells news.com.au.
And as far as his comedy goes, Badran says that joke is about as “edgy” as his stand up gets.