Rape Is Hilarious

[Strong trigger warning.]

Some rape jokes are just so hilarious, you have to have them permanently inked onto your body.

From Buzzfeed's collection of 16 Bad Michael Jackson Tattoos.

I can't begin to relate to the sort of thinking that finds the possibility of Michael Jackson having been a pedophile some kind of grand joke—and this tat is certainly played for a joke; note that it's Macaulay Culkin making his comedic Home Alone face who's cast as the victim here. I cannot wrap my head around the ability, nor the evident urge, to find humor in sexual assault.

I have already heard the joke that the results of Michael Jackson's autopsy are in and have shown he died of food poisoning—from "eating an eight-year-old wiener."

The person who told me this joke laughed, as did the other person to whom it was told. I said, "Really? A rape joke?"

The teller of the joke was embarrassed and apologetic and said by way of explanation, "I didn't even think about that aspect of it."

Thing is, there is no other aspect.

We are just indoctrinated to find funny the idea of a man raping a child, as long as it's presented with a clever play on words or a silly image. Our culture is so thick with it, there are people who will put this joke on their flesh, forever, and others who will pass along the image of it without a modicum of alarm.

[Rape is Hilarious: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen, Eighteen, Nineteen, Twenty, Twenty-One, Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three, Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven, Twenty-Eight, Twenty-Nine, Thirty, Thirty-One, Thirty-Two.]

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