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Dapper Laughs: how to kill your career by trashing your fans, apologising and creeping to the BBC

by | 21st, February 2015

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Dapper Laughs creator Daniel O’Reilly is a fool. When he was being accused of condoning and encouraging rape, he made the mistake of trying to explain himself. Dapper Laughs went on TV, this time as his perma-tanned geyser look-alike O’Reilly, and told the BBC Newsnight viewers about his rape jokes:

“That joke may have gone a bit too far and I may have said too much but by no means do I stand behind that and I’m embarrassed by it… I didn’t realise I was causing that much of a problem.”

Having portrayed his fans as impressionable dolts, O’Reilly then stated that Dapper Laughs was dead.

As @jamiesont tweets:

To still be a Dapper Laughs fan after he trashed you on Newsnight requires idiocy which takes you to a whole new unexplored level of stupid.

This mea culpa pleased the Newsnight viewers, who, one imagines, are not O’Reilly’s main fanbase to begin with. It was on-message. The fearless new post-Savile Newsnight will not bury important matters like an ITV2 comic making a joke at a privage gig. It will showcase its sound morals but summoning O’Reilly to its naughty step.

And then O’Reilly blew into an orifice and brought Dapper back to life.

He should have carried on regardless, slapped “Banned From TV” ( see Jerry Sadowitz) on his posters and Facebook pages, sticking two fingers up to the censors and moralists. Dapper Laughs, the Comedy Nasty , should have just ploughed on.

And  he should have waited. Because things change.




For instance, what was once a 1980s video nasty is now a cultural curiosity, a bit of stupid fun that never did bring civilisation to its knees and many of these life-changing films now carry a 15 certificate.

For those of you not around when video nasties were unhinging minds, here are the British Board of Film Classification’s notes on Straw Dogs , the 1971 film broadcast in full on Channel 4 in 2010:

Along with The Exorcist and Death Wish , Straw Dogs was ultimately removed from video shops in 1988 because the BBFC’s then Director, James Ferman, did not feel that it would be appropriate to classify this particular film for video release ‘at that time’. Partly this was in response to the recent Hungerford massacre which led to increased sensitivity about video violence in general, but also because concerns about sexual violence in films had increased since the 1970s, with the BBFC being inclined now to take a far stricter and more cautious approach. Of particular concern was the fact that the new technology of home video opened up the possibility of scenes being played – and replayed – out of context. In the case of Straw Dogs this was particularly problematic because Amy’s ambiguous reaction to the rape could be viewed out of the wider context of the film, fuelling the fantasies of potential offenders.

But it didn’t.

Violent imagery does not equate to violent acts.

But hearing Dapper Laughs will turn you into a rapist. Maybe. So ban it. You know. Just in case.

Does Dapper Laughs enourage rape? Do normal, working-class lads (and, yes, it’s those knuckle draggers the censors fear and want to educate) abandon all mores, morals, common sense, consideration and education about attitudes to women, sex, family and love when they hear Dapper Laughs say that a woman is asking to be raped? Do his laughing female fans laugh off sexual assaults?

Are words the same as deeds?


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They might be, say the cultural snobs. Such is the power of Dapper and the proscribed mental negligibilty of the minds who like him that his audience will act out the words. In the top-down drive to create compliance and control in all things, words are on a par with actions.

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