In case you missed it, earlier this week comedian Daniel Tosh told an audience member that it would be funny if she got raped "by like, five guys" after she interrupted the comedian's set to tell him that the rape jokes he was already making weren't actually funny. But, as comedians seem to forget, what happens in the comedy club doesn't always stay in the comedy club, and the woman's blog post about the incident quickly went viral, with websites like Jezebel picking up the story. While some comedians have stepped up to Tosh's defense, the incident mostly drew the ire of the public at large. Even fashion people like Karen Elson took note. The model voiced her reaction on Twitter saying, "Daniel Tosh didn't get the memo that it [rape] never was and never will be funny."
Apparently, Tosh has some rabid fans, because within hours Elson received a number of pretty nasty responses. An example? "@KarenElson_ Needs to be raped, she might lighten up after getting some for once." (To this person we say, what is wrong with you?!) Understandably, Elson expressed shock at the responses she was getting, but refused to back down from what she called a "bunch of misogynists."
"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," she tweeted today.
While Tosh has since (sort of) apologized for the incident, we're still pretty appalled by the way Elson was treated for taking a principled stand. And we're not alone: fashion friends like like Mickey Boardman and Coco Rocha quickly came to the model's defense on Twitter. Rocha tweeted today, "There's some truly horrible and disappointing human beings hiding anonymously behind computers. Sorry you had to deal with that."
It's true, the internet can be a scary place at times, but we, for one, are glad that Elson was brave enough to take a stand.