Still Not a Joke — Good Awareness Campaign From Just Detention International
What if your kid went to jail for trying pot, something that is very probable if your kid is black and living in a state like Texas. Does that mean they deserve to be raped? Does that mean that they should live in conditions that go against all human rights?
Most prison rapes are committed by prison staff. Even if you are heartless and do not care about the prisoners, remember that these prison staff rapists go home to their nice houses in the outside world. Remember that they are your neighbors, maybe they even have babysat your children. Remember that as long as some victims are dehumanized and ignored, many perpetrators will never be caught. And yes, these perpetrators do pose a threat to you and your family. Prison rape, rape in general, is everybody’s problem. And definitely not a fucking joke.
The idea that prisoners “deserve” to be raped is part of rape culture.
Rape is not a punishment. It can not be earned. It is a crime every single time, no matter what, no matter who the victim is.
No one deserves to be sexually assaulted in any way. NO ONE.
(Source: brutereason, via jibe-away)
An open letter to the stag-do at last night’s gig…
Before I get started, I have to say, this is my FIRST post as a professional comedian! My last diary post was as a semi-professional comedian in March last year. I have since been FULL TIME since May, 2013. Here’s hoping I can continue to not go broke for even longer. Many thanks to those who have been supporting me since I was only an amateur comic. I wouldn’t be here without your constant encouragement.
Right, now on with my entry…
I was terrified when I heard you were booked to come to my preview show. Being a work-in-progress, I wasn’t really prepared to deal with 12 rowdy fellas on a Saturday night who were gearing up for the England VS Italy game after the show. When I saw the Stag rock up in his Little Bo Peep outfit, I was convinced I was going to have a terrible time.
But… you guys… were… BRILLIANT! You were respectful and attentive. You laughed at the right points, you joined in during the moments when I needed you to. You were everything a comic like myself could ever want in an audience.
Of course, as I pointed out last night, you have now given me a completely skewed perception on what to expect from stag-dos. Promoters will call me asking, “Can you do Bucks’ Nights?” and I’ll be like, “CAN I?!” Only to be followed later by my inevitable rocking back-and-fourth in the foetal position outside a Jongleurs.
But thank you. You made it the most enjoyable of my previews yet. I can only hope Edinburgh brings similar amounts of joy. If not, I can always start performing for Hen Parties instead…
P.S. Stag: Congratulations. I wish you all the best in your marriage. If you are just as good a husband as you are an audience member, I’ve no doubt you’ll spend many, many happy years together and have a wonderful life.
- A goth helping 2 elderly ladies off the tube and to the lift.
- A group of strangers discussing what to do with a bag a man left on the tube. A fella volunteered to get off at the next station and go back to the one the man got off at to see if he was there or return it to lost property, as he had more spare time than the others in the group.
- A rough-looking guy in a corner shop asking if he could buy a slice of pizza the shopkeepers were eating behind the counter while watching the football… and the shopkeepers giving him their last slices in the box to take home for free.
London gets a bad rep sometimes. Things like this remind me that people are still often decent human beings at heart.
Additional: Friend, Abi Dalit Symons, says:
“There was a really loud guy on the back of a night bus I was on last summer and it was about 1am. He was talking to anyone and everyone and generally annoying the hell out of most people. One man got off the bus pretty hastily. This loud guy saw that the other man had dropped his wallet, yelled a bit and made the bus pull over before a stop (by just opening the doors) jumped off and ran to the man and gave it back to him. I saw the previously tired and grumpy looking man light up and give the loud guy a massive hug. Then I watched the loud guy skip and sing as he started walking home. London is full of absolute nut-jobs but some of the nut-jobs are full of joy x”
What acts of kindness have you seen this week?
Always Night Pads advertise, “Up to 100% leak protection!”
Uhh… yeah? That’s your only job! It’s not something to brag about.
Now if you said, “Up to 200% leak protection!” I’d be like, “Ok. Now I’m listening. What is that? You’re gonna, like, stop me from ovulating or something?”
The venn-diagram venn-diagram.