Up until all this shitstorm I had not even heard of Dapper Laughs, and I suspect most of the people whining and complaining about him hadn't either. As of today I watched the first episode of his now cancelled ITV series as well as a 37 minute compilation of his various vines and Instagram posts.
This is where comedy is headed people.
Was it funny? In my opinion (humour is subjective remember!) Yes. Was it offensive? No. Because I’m a grown up. A lot of the criticism has come saying it’s misogynistic and promotes violence against women and rape. Seriously? You honestly believe people are going to act out the below clip?
If anyone did genuinely act like that, than they themselves and society have a deeper problem than a guy putting on a cockney accent. In my opinion Daniel made anyone and everyone fair game. Women, Black people, Asian people, Gays, Lesbians, Disabled people his family and himself on more than one occasion. If you cherry pick your clips like the media have done you can make him look like the kind of racist that Britain First would think is a little over the top.
The way the media have selected their clips and the ones shared by this insular circle of people agreeing with their own opinions is very worrying. If you have a look through twitter it just seems like a collective hive mind of nutters validating their own skewed opinions and lashing out against anyone even trying to be a voice of reason, branding them a misogynist and rape enthusiast.
I’ve read a few articles by a variety of journalists on the matter and it strikes me that none of the people getting so worked up about this like that sort of sense of humour, and that’s fine. If you don’t like it don’t watch it, but to go on a crusade to get that type of humour banned or deliver a comedian so much hatred and bile that he feels he has to stop doing what he loves is in my opinion a dangerous, and manipulative behaviour that troubles me.
No, wait fuck that. PETA will no doubt claim that it is cruel and unfair treatment of animals and that’ll be banned too after a twitter shitstorm.