Daniel Tosh and Other Comedians Recently Under Fire for Offensive Jokes

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Daniel Tosh isn't always very fair to the fairer sex on his show "Tosh.0" - he definitely likes to see how far Comedy Central will let him go with his misogynistic jokes. And of course he takes on race and sexual orientation, too.

However, the comedian might have gone a little too far during a recent appearance at the Laugh Factory. In a Tumblr post that has gone viral, a female attendee of the show recounted how she voiced her disapproval when Daniel started joking about how "rape is hilarious." According to the anonymous writer, he responded to her by saying this to the crowd: "Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like five guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her?"

There was obviously some truth to the woman's claim about what went down, because Daniel tweeted this in response to her Tumblr post and all the criticism he received because of it: "all the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize."

He went on to tweet that he was just trying to make a point that jokes can still be made about awful things in the world.

And Daniel doesn't want people to think that his offensive jokes are a testament to what kind of person he really is. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is how he explains his brand of humor: "I'm not a misogynistic and racist person. But I do find those jokes funny, so I say them." Unfortunately the recipient of the rape comment was not familiar with Tosh's comic persona.

And Tosh is not alone when it comes to making jokes that rub some people the wrong way -- a few of his fellow comedians have also been criticized for taking their comedy a little too far recently.

When Kathy Griffin appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's show for the 33rd time, the comedienne joked, "I'm the person [they] call if Demi Lovato is cutting, or if Miley Cyrus flashed her crotch again, and it's too breezy down there." Many of Demi's fans were not amused by Kathy bringing up the former Disney star's troubled past, but Kathy technically didn't make a joke about the singer cutting herself - she made a joke about making hypothetical jokes about Demi cutting herself.

Comedian Chris Rock faced an even bigger backlash on the Fourth of July. He didn't risk losing any digits lighting bottle rockets, but his fingers did spark a twitter explosion when he typed this message on Twitter: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Some fans threatened to stop watching the "Grown Ups" star's movies, while others thought that expletives would be the best way to prove their point.

Just like Chris, funnyman Don Rickles recently ruffled a few feathers with a race-related quip. Last month during AFI's tribute to Shirley MacLaine, he made this joke about the POTUS: "President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke." The quite unfunny quip was edited out of TV Land's broadcast version of the event. If it had aired, Tosh could have made the comment the focus of his "Is It Racist?" segment on "Tosh.0."

Each of these comedians might offend different groups of people, but they all have something in common - they've gained fame by saying things that most other people don't say, and whether or not they are actually funny or have gone too far all comes down to a matter of taste.

So do you think that Daniel went too far with his rape joke?

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