Letter To @CBCOmbudsman: Abdul Butt’s “Joke Rape” Attack Was Seriously Inappropriate

Abdul Butt: CBC's Joke Rapist

Abdul Butt: CBC’s Joke Rapist

Dear CBC Ombudsman,

On the evening of January 7, 2015, the CBC comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes accosted American actor Bill Cosby as he was leaving the Centre In The Square theatre in Kitchener. Bill Cosby is a controversial figure at the moment, so it’s fair game for the show to approach him for comment; that said, the CBC has the responsibility to act with dignity.

The CBC crew approached Cosby as he was exiting the back of the theatre. Butt yelled out to Cosby making a joke out of recent rape allegations saying “congratulations on your first show in 2015, way to start off with a bang- hope it was consensual this time Billy”. Next, after yelling out a few other random comments, Butt looks into the camera saying, “Ahh, joke raped! Old Billy got joke raped”.

It’s not unknown to the CBC -most Canadians don’t consider rape jokes to be funny-  this is an issue you’ve covered in some depth. Rape jokes are even less funny just weeks after Canadians learned about failures in the CBC’s management structure that allegedly allowed a violent sex offender free reign over the corporation’s female staff.

It’s profoundly wrong for any organization embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal to make jokes about rape- at least doubly so for our country’s national broadcaster. Equally, though I’m inclined to believe the allegations against both Cosby and Gomeshi, it’s disturbing to see our national broadcaster convicting people before they’ve had their day in court. I’m disappointed.

Sincerely,
Greg Renouf

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    • Fritz Becker on January 10, 2015 at 00:47
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    As you point out Bill Cosby has not had his date in court, what’s more he has not even been charged let alone convicted. Allegations of sexual assault against prominent public figures is common, especially against black public figures, they may be true, or they may not be, but all too often the motive is to either shake down that figure or destroy their reputation. Bill Cosby has had a long standing reputation of not playing ball with the race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson citing that it is up to the black community to solve many of it’s own social issues, not to blame greater society as a whole and expect the government to address them. Does that mean that the allegations are unfounded? Well no, but they are unproven as yet.
    The ultimate stupidity behind all this is apparently cheap shots and bad jokes about sexual assault are considered appropriate for broadcast, but showing the Mohammad cartoons published in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, the motive behind the recent mass murder of 12 people in Paris, is apparently beyond the pale. I have seen some of the cartoons, they are not particularly witty, some are tasteless or crude, and the artwork looks like a poor imitation of the American Simpsons cartoons.

    • Allan L on January 10, 2015 at 17:16
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    This is the CBC’s way of being “edgy”. As long as it mocks Catholics, Jews, and not Islam.

  1. On the evening of January 7, 2014 Don’t you mean 2015 Greg ?

    1. Doh! (and, thanks)

      1. Cheers and all the best in the New Year

    • useful idiot on January 12, 2015 at 21:25
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    Defund the CBC now!

    1. I’m not at the point of wanting to defund the CBC. The first step is for Canadians to hold them to account – then, if that doesn’t work, I’ll be 100 percent behind you…

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