Rape is never an appropriate punchline to your fucked up joke.
Trigger Warning: this post discusses sexual assault, including coercive sex and rape.
In case you missed it, David Choe — a visual artist and one of the stars of “Beef” on Netflix — has been trending on Twitter in what can only be described as the most disgusting scandal ever, and honestly, that is putting it mildly.
During a 2014 episode of his former podcast, Choe gleefully and graphically described sexually assaulting a Black woman who was giving him a massage.
He later came out and said the story was made up, but why would you make up a story like that? Why is that your idea of a story to tell to titillate your audience?
The story and video of him telling it resurfaced this past week since the new Netflix series he is appearing in, “Beef,” was also trending.
Instead of openly addressing the video, the story, and all that goes along with it, it is rumored that Choe is instead using DCMA to get copies of the video taken down on Twitter.
His costars and friends, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun — both of whom are producers on the series — have remained mum about the scandal. Wong locked her Twitter account.
The entire situation is egregious, and it is not likely to go away soon, and I had some thoughts on it.
When his cohosts on the podcast openly called him out and told him that what he did was rape, he said, “The thrill of possibly going to jail is what achieved the erection quest.”
He also claimed the woman “said yes with her eyes” and then added, “I just want to make it clear that I admit that that’s rapey behavior, but I am not a rapist.”Whether David Choe made up a rape story or not, the bottom line is it’s disgustingly egregious either way