• Fri, Apr 11 - 10:21 am ET

P!nk Just Lost Some Of Her Role Model Cred By Retweeting A Rape Joke

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For someone who’s wasted as much of her life scavenging through entertainment news sites as I have, you’d think I’d have a better grasp on the concept that celebrities are completely human– and that even the ones I really like have the ability to mess up. I feel super weird about the fact that P!nk retweeted a rape joke.

The tweet in question comes from a Jennifer Lawrence parody account (which in itself is kind of a creepy concept), and reads: “Surprise sex is the best thing to wake up to! …Unless you’re in prison.”

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Yikes. I’ve always hated the internet’s obsession with “surprise sex” jokes, and if making light of sexual assault when it happens to men is part of your feminism, that’s not a feminism I’m down with. It’s really disappointing to see this message getting the stamp of approval from someone whose fan base includes huge numbers of teens and young adults (P!nk has 23.1 million followers, btw), and especially when that person has done plenty in the past to establish herself as a positive role model.

P!nk’s husband, Carey Hart, made his own prison rape joke in October when Chris Brown got arrested for assault, and even though it was graphic and seriously crossing a line, this fake JLaw tweet might worry me more. The majority of P!nk’s fans won’t find themselves in prison in their lifetimes– I’m assuming, at least– but most of them will face regular, everyday sexual encounters. Many young people in our culture are completely uneducated when it comes to giving and receiving consent, and it’s pretty irresponsible for a role model to make (or support) jokes that blur the lines between yes and no. I’m sure the “surprise sex” in this joke is meant to refer to a “surprise invitation for sex” or a “surprise come-on” from someone with whom you feel safe and are very likely interested in having sex with, but do young and inexperienced P!nk fans understand that? Isn’t there a chance that young people could read this tweet and receive the message that adults like being surprised by sexual contact that they didn’t explicitly agree to? Isn’t there a chance that, by laughing at this joke, we’re telling kids that their right to say yes or no isn’t that big of a deal?

I’m not in any way saying “P!NK ENDORSES NONCONSENSUAL SEX,” but it was a weird decision for her to pass along a joke that supports the idea that consent can be implied by a sleeping person. If her Twitter audience were made up 100% of adults who understand the nuances of sexual relationships, this tweet would be distasteful, but not a huge deal. That’s not the case, though.

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  • Jon

    Are rape jokes ever funny? :

    • OhOk

      Louis CK kind of killed in his last HBO special. He also managed to tell a good slavery joke. Make fun of the rapist and you’re probably on the money. Make fun of the victim or the act, and you’re probably an asshole.

    • Jon

      Was that the “But maybeeee….” bit? Either way, I guess it’s possible and anyone could get away with it, it’s be him!

  • WillieKnapp y

    Rape is rape. We can joke about it because we’re not victims. But what if we were?

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    EW. not cool. rape jokes are just never funny. period.

    • fakename

      No, it was pretty hilarious. Just because you have ZERO sense of humor and have to act like a stuck-up feminist bitch all the time, doesn’t make it “never funny”. Period.

  • Lari Colt

    It’s just a small flaw on her end. Just shows that she’s human.

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  • Samantha Escobar

    It’s always disappointing when people think it’s okay to wish rape on rapists, or just prisoners in general.

  • Laurie Roberts

    If you get P!nk, you get the joke. Get over yourself; over-analyzing a simple tweet.

  • http://flockeoseagulls.flavors.me/ Frances “Librle” Locke

    Prison rape jokes are the lowest common denominator of joke. Lazy and unfunny, always.

  • http://toyboxkiller.tumblr.com/ Cathryn Berarobitch

    Wow. This is pretty gross on a lot of levels.
    As a general rule it’s super not fun to wake up to someone fucking you. Like really, really not fun. It doesn’t matter who they are or whether or not you’re in prison. Wtf, P!nk?!

  • JustinWinston j

    She should be very careful next time. Think twice.

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  • angie

    “The majority of P!nk’s fans won’t find themselves in prison in their lifetimes– I’m assuming, at least– ”

    From The U.S. Department of Justice · Office of Justice Programs Bureau of
    Justice Statistics Criminal Offenders Statistics summary page:

    Lifetime likelihood of going to State or Federal prison
    “If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of
    every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their
    lifetime.

    Seems like a lot to me. 1 in 15