So famous dieter and Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has admitted to paying minors for sex (which is, as I understand it, statutory rape) and having child pornography, and will spend between five and thirteen years in prison, as well as paying restitution of $100,000 each to 14 identified victims.
This is the New York Post’s headline: “Enjoy A Foot Long In Jail.”
Rape jokes about prisoners (and usually about male prisoners) are commonplace and disgusting. And it’s notable that they often don’t just joke about rape, but implicitly endorse rape. This headline isn’t merely joking about rape happening, it’s eagerly hoping for rape to happen. It’s approving of rape as a form of punishment.
(It’s also unoriginal and trite – it’s a joke that thousands of Twitter users and schoolyard wits made before the Post did – but the triteness doesn’t bother me.)
What Fogle did was evil and inexcusable. But if he is raped in prison, that would also be evil and inexcusable. It’s not complicated.
Here’s a handful of related links:
- Obama: We Need to Stop Making Jokes About Prison Rape | Mediaite
- Rape Should Not Part of the Penalty for Prisoners | Advocate.com
- Top 10 Alternatives to Today’s NY Post Headline
- New York Post cover blasted over tasteless Jared Fogle ‘joke’ – Digiday
- We Asked Prison Inmates How Jared Fogle Will Get Treated Behind Bars | VICE | United States
- Stop the Jared Fogle “footlong” jokes: Why do we still find prison rape acceptable, let alone funny? – Salon.com
- The New York Post’s Subway Jared rape joke is awful—but not just for the reason you think