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I dont’ want to see that it is absolutely NEVER acceptable to use a date rape scene in a comedy, but the things is you really have to take the audience into account. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that Seth Rogan’s biggest audience is immature teenagers who aren’t going to get the subversive message of this movie.

And yes sometimes murder etc. is used as a joke, but there’s an important difference with date rape. Everyone knows murder is wrong and everyone can identify it. But there are lots of people who truly do not take date rape seriously and would not view having sex with a drunk, unconscious person as rape. So when you make a mainstream movie and throw in the line “don’t stop motherfucker” then lots of people are going to see that scene and think “hey she was asking for it.” And I’ve seen plenty of commentaries on this scene that say it’s unclear whether or not she was consenting (which is complete bullshit). And that’s the real issue here. People are so uneducated about rape and so quick to blame victims that it is irresponsible to put a scene like this in a mainstream movie.

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swingontehspiral said on April 30th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

i thought the movie was a good look at what makes people uncomfortable, it gave a well deserved FUCK YOU to anyone and everyone that could get offended at something. maybe its because im not black (or any other “minority race” for that matter, im as white as a snow man) or havent been raped, but ill admitt that and it shouldnt go against my open minded opinion towards this subject and the movie itself. i have however been forced against my will to do something and have something done to me. i know what its like to feel powerless and i know what its like to be mocked for something i cant change. but for me not to look back and laugh at the situation would hold me farther back from seeing all of us as equals. which is why humor is so great, dead baby jokes are halarious, why? because so many people wont admitt they think its funny, or just dont in general. i think the acts of horrible people are looked at with a grain of salt, some emotionless news anchor talks about rodney king getting beat, we go to sleep and talk about it just to fill our meaningless existences with something the next day. it never really hits home how horrible it is until heroes like bill hicks can make you laugh at it.

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