For the context to this poem, see: http://rapeisnojoke.com/about/
Socialist Students are currently organising a comedy night in Leicester to raise funds for and awareness of this campaign.
Watch this space for more details.
No laughing matter
It must have been an amazing gig
To sit there and endure joke, after joke about rape
Before her patience finally snapped, but he still didn’t twig
And tried to crack yet another jape.
Rape is not a laughing matter.
Its not clever or slick
I won’t fall for any fancy patter
It’s just sick, and a bit thick.
Not exactly dazzled by such acerbic wit
She thought he was just an enormous zit
A giant pustule on the face of humanity
Spouting drivel verging on insanity.
Let’s bring down the curtain
On having a laugh at others’ misfortune
Why would anyone want to pay good dosh
To see Daniel Tosh metaphorically hit the audience over the head with a cosh?
To see a comic prey
On the vulnerable?
Those least able
Shattered inside, betrayed by a thousand blows?
Why would you want to see such shows?
What must she have thought
Stabbed by a sexist retort?
Wouldn’t it be hilarious to make her feel small
To be forced, once again, to go through it all?
Another comic of special renown
Is Jim Davidson, that hilarious clown
Thought it funny not to perform his show
With disabled people in the front row.
Consign discrimination and misogyny
Deep into the dustbin of history.
There are lots of ways of being funny
Without resorting to cheap comedy.
Sarcasm, satire, wordplay and puns
Slapstick with custard pies and cream buns
Banana skins to trip up the unwary
Drunken buffoons getting lairy
Observational humour, full of insight
Inane pratfalls and ridiculous flight
Of fancy – surreal dadaism and mime
The subtle art of comic time- ing
Tim Minchin’s witty rhyming
Monty Python’s silly walks
Blackadder sticking forks
Up his nose and going “Wibble”
Isn’t that a better way to raise a tittle?
[To any pedantic Blackadder fans out there – I know he stuck pencils, not forks, up his nose and went ‘Wibble’. However, forks doesn’t rhyme].