I agree with the aims of Rape Is No Joke to change the culture of acceptance of rape jokes in the comedy circuit. These jokes add to a wider culture that too often doesn’t take rape or rape victims seriously. It is important to make a stand to say that rape is nothing to be laughed at. I pledge not to use rape jokes in my performances.
Venues/ organisers’ pledge
I agree with the aims of Rape Is No Joke to change the culture of acceptance of rape jokes in the comedy circuit. These jokes add to a wider culture that too often doesn’t take rape or rape victims seriously. It is important to make a stand to say that rape is nothing to be laughed at. I pledge to only host comedians who agree not to use rape jokes as part of their act.
If you are not a Venue/Students Union/Comedian but support the campaign and would like to get involved sign up here
Comedians/venues/SUs who have signed up so far:
What the Frock!: “What The Frock! is an all-female comedy series (only women on the stage, but everyone is welcome in the audience). We have a very clear booking policy on our website that any comedian who is known to have a history of making rape jokes, or jokes in any other way considered to be misogynistic, racist, disablist etc will never be booked. Happy to support your campaign” www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk
Bianca Arlette: “What people who constantly argue for their right to tell rape jokes (and who go on-and-on about freedom of speech) don’t grasp is that we are NOT asking them to not use rape as a subject for a joke. We are asking them not to make the victim the punch line and with that normalising sexual violence. This is not an issue of free speech, it is an issue of laziness to do anything else but shit comedy!!!!!”
Aidan Goatley: “This needs to be out there. For sure there will be idiots who’ll claim this is some sort of attack on free speech but they obviously have missed the point.” www.aidangoatley.com
Rory Nolan: “I disagree with joking about rape because it is a subject that is not taken seriously by the CPS and Police. There are thousands upon thousands of people (mostly women) who have been raped and are blamed by the police, and society. We must not joke about this subject any longer. I will express this till the day I die.”
Deian Vincent: “Shocking but rarely funny”
Margo Carr: “Good luck with the campaign. Happy to add my support.”
Hannah Stone (Gramophones Theatre group, Nottingham): www.gramophonestheatre.wordpress.com
Jim Smallman: “I’m not just a comedian, I’m a father to a daughter. I’ll poke fun at pretty much anything, but joking about rape is not acceptable.” www.jimsmallman.com
Spiky Mike: Am against misogyny of all sorts, so would not use it as subject for my own comedy and as a comedy booker I generally don’t book acts that engage in it www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_spiky_mike.htm
Newcastle College Student Union: We believe our student union to be a safe space on campus and want to change the cultural acceptance of rape jokes at college. We do not believe that rape and sexual assualt are matters to be laughed at. We pledge to only promote events which do not host comedians who use rape jokes and to spread awareness of the Rape Is No Joke campaign on campus.
Flood Theatre: Flood Theatre is a sketch company committed to fighting sexism in comedy and using art as a weapon against bigots. A long-handled weapon, really blunt and heavy, but laser-guided. Also it explodes.