1:43 pm - 04/03/2014

This Comedian's 'Air Sex' Prank Is a Disturbing Example of Rape Culture as Comedy

Last week, the hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen started trending on Twitter, inviting contributions from people who believe that rape culture — the cultural normalization of sexual violence — is a real and dangerous problem. 

Here's another instance of rape culture to add to the ever-lengthening list: French so-called "comedian" Rémi Gaillard's latest video, Free Sex.

In the prank, Gaillard stands a few feet away from unsuspecting women and, using the camera's trick of perspective, makes it look like they're having sex. He simulates sex with a woman tying her shoelace on the sidewalk, another reading on a park lawn and a third rifling through her handbag in a grocery store aisle. And he uses women smoking on a bench and eating their lunch in the sunshine to imitate oral sex. 

It's hilarious because the victims don't know he's there, but he's having sex with them. Non-consensual sex is the whole joke. It's comedy, guys. 

The thing is, it's actually not that funny. The video makes light of rape and presents women as sexual objects there for the taking. It's particularly chilling that the women in his video are going about their daily lives, engaging in activities as simple as grocery shopping and eating lunch.

Roselyne Bachelot, France's former health minister, called the video out for "glorifying rape" according to The Independent. "The film is abject. Absolutely abject. It is rape. The word is not too strong," she said.

Even some of Gaillard's fans thought the prankster had gone too far.

Gaillard defended the video on his Facebook page, asking, "Is there just one way of thinking for women? ... Do some of them have the right to laugh?" Sexism so often hides behind the dismissive notion that feminists just need to get a sense of humor, but for any victim of unwanted sexual attention — from penetrative rape to a catcall on the street — a "joke" that trivializes human autonomy is just not that funny. 

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guavapussy 3rd-Apr-2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
why would you even do this
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Apr-2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Because you're a douchebag desperate to prove to other douchebags how much of a man you are and fuck yeah you love bitches.
kongbang879 4th-Apr-2014 07:25 am (UTC)
duckyduck92 3rd-Apr-2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
the title "Free Sex" is disgusting in itself.
foreverxromance 3rd-Apr-2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
this isn't even funny tho just obnoxious
noneformethanx 3rd-Apr-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
This isn't funny. I'd kick the guy in the face
laume28 3rd-Apr-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
what a disgusting piece of shit. I want to kill him now....
sandstorm 3rd-Apr-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
lucky_latkes 3rd-Apr-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Paging Patton Oswalt
candycanegrl 3rd-Apr-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
who thought this was funny?
sky3205 3rd-Apr-2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
kwikimart 3rd-Apr-2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
arielcharming 3rd-Apr-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
fail, nobody

perfect tags.
wineva 3rd-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
holy shit I'd be so pissed if someone did this to me
what an asshole!
pistol_eyes 3rd-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Just say it's satire.

No one will be allowed to criticize it, then.
neemah 3rd-Apr-2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
What would be the satire?
devolute 3rd-Apr-2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
According to Reddit, any joke that people find offensive is 'satire' so lighten up already jeez u can't censor comedy!
mioneste 3rd-Apr-2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Satire imply's that something is funny tho.
kwikimart 3rd-Apr-2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
arielazul_22 3rd-Apr-2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
yup...worked for colbert
anydoppelganger 5th-Apr-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
LOL so damn true
iprevail 3rd-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
my biggest takeaway from that video is that the guy absolutely blows at sex
pippopippo 3rd-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
sansalewis 4th-Apr-2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Perfect use of this gif
haruhiko 3rd-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
WTF, this is fucking disgusting.

Waiting for some Colbert stans to come in and school us all on how satire works~
dafuqgetoffmeho 3rd-Apr-2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
But this isn't satire. I'm getting tired of people using "satire" for every single kind of joke, when it's a very specific concept.
haruhiko 3rd-Apr-2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
The point is what Colbert did isn't satire either, it was cheap, ironic racism. Not the same thing.
justbolognese 3rd-Apr-2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
Gaillard has never even intended to do satire, like ever? I'm not sure why you're making a connection
lestat 3rd-Apr-2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
this isn't satire tho
sdpt 3rd-Apr-2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
crazyventures 3rd-Apr-2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Apparently you don't know what satire is because this definitely isn't it.

Nice try with that wank, tho
aidualc 3rd-Apr-2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
This comment and others just shows how many people have no idea what satire is.
duckyduck92 3rd-Apr-2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
how does this have to do anything with Colbert?
rockstarsex 3rd-Apr-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
justkeepworking 3rd-Apr-2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
LOL @ most of the people replying to you not getting your comment at all.
nathanandbarry 3rd-Apr-2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
People are usually better at picking up sarcasm on this site. Idk what's going on in this post. lol.
zyuranger 3rd-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that's enough.

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