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  •  That's all fine, agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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    I just disagree with the notion that people having some sort of ethical right to jump up and disrupt someone's performance because they're offended. And I further disagree that the performer doesn't then have a right to say something even more offensive to regain control of the show.

    We don't have some sort of moral right to not be offended. And being offended doesn't give us some sort of veto right to interrupt other people in the performance of their art. Even if it's awful bad art that I don't like, and even if it offends me personally. In fact, especially if it offends me personally.

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    by jbeach on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 01:06:33 PM PDT

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    •  It's stand-up comedy (0+ / 0-)

      I think there is an unwritten understanding that the audience can react negatively to bad jokes.  Heckling is part of the culture and is to be expected.

      If there was a mistake made, one may have been that the heckler was a wet blanket trying to make a serious statement instead of saying something funny with Tosh as the butt of the joke, showing by comparison how unfunny he is.  If she wanted to make a serious statement, she should have gotten on stage, kneed him in the crotch, and asked him how feels about being assaulted in the genital region.  Of course, there's a good chance the crowd would have laughed.

      •  That's not the unwritten understanding (2+ / 0-)
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        Americantrueandblue, Tickticker

        At least from all the comedians I've known and spoken with, as well as heard of. Heckling is not an accepted part of the culture, as much as it's a negative thing that's unavoidable. Just like unruly drunks are prevalent at rock shows, but they're not what bands want to deal with. They just have to.

        And I have to say I'm pretty appalled that you think a physically violent response is justified for something that a performer said.

        Let's say this was Louis CK up there, talking about abortion rights. And a Christian said "I'm offended", and Louis CK said "Wouldn't if be funny if his baby was aborted." Would that Christian then be justified in walking onto the stage and kneeing Louis CK in the crotch?

        If that Christian shouldn't interrupt Louis CK's performance violently, then neither should this woman have interrupted Tosh's violently.

        You can see how that equates, right?

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        by jbeach on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 01:38:57 PM PDT

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