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Flipping the script on rape jokes

Amber Rollo and other feminist comedians are reimagining how we talk about sexual assault.

Amber Rollo is a comedian and a sexual assault survivor

Now she aims to empower survivors by flipping the narrative on rape jokes and addressing trauma with humor. Rollo was one of the women who confronted Harvey Weinstein at a comedy show in NYC in October 2019. The comedian recounted the angering moments leading up to a tension-filled encounter with Harvey Weinstein at a New York City bar in a tweet thread, shaming the venue for hosting him and some in attendance who she says were clearly supportive of the disgraced Hollywood executive. Amber Rollo’s thread began with a sexual assault trigger warning and explained why she was outraged by seeing Weinstein, who is accused of sexually assaulting dozens of actresses, at an event for actors.

Reclaiming the term through comedy

“I think the message that survivors have been getting so far is to shut up, to be quiet about it, to not talk about it. "It's not polite" to "you're gonna ruin someone's career." But what about their own career, and their own life, and their own experiences? I do think that making these jokes is combating the shame that society is putting on survivors. It's not us who should feel ashamed. It is the predators who should feel ashamed about their behavior. We have all this tension all the time and laughter is an amazing release of that tension. It feels very similar to crying, but we are allowed to do it in public all the time and with people we barely know. And that's kind of an amazing way of building people and connecting a community,” Amber Rollo tells Brut.

For the people who maybe don't identify as a survivor

The #MeToo movement brought new conversations about sexual assault, yet Every 73 seconds, a person is sexually assaulted in the U.S. while 3 out of 4 go unreported to the police according to RAINN. Out of 1000 assaults, 995 perpetrators will walk free.

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12/29/2019 12:58 PM
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20 comments

  • George J.
    01/01/2020 19:00

    Lol, rapists and other sex offenders are triggered look at the comments, some of y'all are probably pedophiles too I bet

  • Fred S.
    01/01/2020 14:43

    Yawn..another " I've had a bad experience in my life, so I'm going to make it out to be a huge ordeal and keep reliving the experience so I can seem empowered and gain attention from it."

  • Bobby G.
    01/01/2020 02:57

    Too ugly to rape, maybe a black guy would? I could see that happening

  • Kenny I.
    01/01/2020 00:29

    Literally no one says this. What people do want you to be ignorant of is the fact that men and boys are the most affected by sexual crimes overall if you Include the church, schools and prison, but since affects the victim mentality of snowflakes the only reasonable thing is to insult and be trigger by it.

  • Kelly C.
    01/01/2020 00:25

    There’s nothing funny about rape

  • Michell R.
    12/31/2019 23:00

    I get what she means and if you can keep it there in shaming the men fine, for me i never got the using of rape or child sexual abuse/rape in jokes. But I've also never felt silenced. I'll keep checking it out though.

  • Halie G.
    12/31/2019 22:38

    Haha I love how all of these negative comments are coming from men.

  • Mitchell I.
    12/31/2019 20:50

    Im glad others were as creeped out as me. Afraid I was the only one. I cant see how ANY jokes about rape can be funny....serious talks should be had.

  • Kenneth N.
    12/31/2019 20:35

    Then they want to claim that women are funnier then men

  • Jay S.
    12/31/2019 19:12

    She look crazy frfr 🤷🏾‍♂️

  • Steve S.
    12/31/2019 18:09

    Not sure what rock she's been under, but that's not what society is saying.

  • James T.
    12/31/2019 16:40

    I beleive she lies

  • Fitz P.
    12/31/2019 16:06

    This guy has never been assaulted by anyone.

  • Gary S.
    12/31/2019 03:03

    OH..SHUT UP

  • Manrique P.
    12/31/2019 02:34

    I noticed you said they're "comedians"... Would you care to explain?

  • Robby R.
    12/30/2019 17:21

    Yeah, no.

  • Daniel R.
    12/30/2019 04:09

    Wait till it happen to them?.

  • Scott D.
    12/30/2019 03:27

    How is this comedy or even comedian-like? This is sociopolitically controlled “humor” courtesy of the far left. This isn’t humor or entertainment. It’s so cringey.

  • Vincent L.
    12/29/2019 17:45

    Paul stfu.russian

  • Paul M.
    12/29/2019 17:14

    Nobody says don't say anything. Probably a Dem and doesn't understand the truth.