I’ve always said that the best ways to deal with a bully is to either stand up for yourself or bully them back. One up and coming comedian took it upon himself to stand-up to the perpetually offended lynch mob on social media who unsurprisingly took offense to one of his jokes.
Comedian Matt Rife, who has apparently built a big following for himself on TikTok, recently received pushback for a joke about domestic violence he told during his first Netflix special. In response to the mob being offended, Rife posted to his Instagram account with a link to his “official apology.” But, it wasn’t the pound of flesh that woke mob were probably hoping for.
“If you’ve ever been offended by a joke I’ve told — here’s a link to my official apology,” Rife wrote.
Upon clicking the link, however, Rife sends his apology seekers to a medical equipment website, specifically listing special needs helmets.
I’m sorry if anyone gets offended easily. Obviously, you’re not a usual reader of my blogs, but that’s funny. If you can’t take a joke, especially when it doesn’t concern you, then comedy isn’t the avenue of entertainment you should be ingesting.
Rife’s response to the outrage is EXACTLY what a true comedian should do. These are jokes, folks. Don’t take yourselves so seriously. Life’s too short for that. Lighten up and laugh a little.
Predictably, the same people who were offended initially were offended at Rife’s “apology.”
Here’s some of the responses, according to Page Six:
“Matt Rife making a sexist/DV ‘joke’…then sending people to a website to special needs helmets as his ‘apology’. There’s a difference between an edgy joke and just being disrespectful and distasteful,” one person wrote.
“f–k you @mattrife people with disabilities aren’t your punchline after making a misogynistic dv joke. be funny without being a gross human or you’re just not funny???” another chimed in.
“Not Matt Rife building his platform on catering to his female audience and then opening his Netflix special with a domestic violence joke,” a third wrote.
Rife just proves what I totally believe to be true, which is that ANYTHING can be funny in the right context. And at this point, since the mob if offended at everything, they’re taking offense is funnier than ever.
For the trailer to Rife's Netflix special, "Natural Selection," watch below:
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