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Matt Rife’s Fake Apology After Netflix Special Backlash

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Matt Rife’s Fake Apology After Netflix Special Backlash

Matt Rife has been slammed for mocking victims of domestic violence and those with special needs.

In his Netflix comedy special “Natural Selection,” Matt Rife opened with a joke that ignited a storm of controversy. The response from viewers was swift, as social media platforms became flooded with criticism towards the comedian. The controversial joke occurred early in the show when Rife decided to tackle the sensitive subject of domestic violence. His intention was to gauge the audience’s reaction, recounting an incident at a Baltimore restaurant where he encountered a waitress with a black eye.

As he narrated the story, Matt Rife’s friend suggested that the waitress should be hidden in the kitchen to spare customers from seeing her face.

Matt Rife's Fake Apology After Netflix Special Backlash
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Rife added, “Yeah, but I feel like if she could cook, she wouldn’t have that black eye.” He concluded the joke by mentioning the idea of protection crystals. While the audience at the gig may have laughed, the online response was overwhelmingly negative. In response to the backlash, Rife attempted to address the comments through his Instagram account. However, his attempt only served to further fuel the anger against him. He posted a picture of himself on stage with the caption, “If you’ve ever been offended by a joke I’ve told – here’s a link to my official apology.”

The link, ironically titled “Tap to solve your issue,” redirected users to a page selling “Special Needs Helmets.”

Matt Rife's Fake Apology After Netflix Special Backlash
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This response from Rife’s team only added insult to injury, as social media users deemed it as an inappropriate and insensitive reaction. The incident has led many to question Rife’s comedic judgment and intelligence. The controversy surrounding Matt Rife’s joke serves as a reminder of the fine line that comedians must tread when dealing with sensitive topics. While comedy is often seen as a form of free expression, it is crucial to consider the potential impact of jokes that trivialize issues like domestic violence.

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What was the controversial joke in Matt Rife’s Netflix special?

Matt Rife opened his Netflix special with a joke about domestic violence. He recounted an incident at a Baltimore restaurant where he encountered a waitress with a black eye. His friend suggested that she should be hidden in the kitchen, to which Rife replied that if she could cook, she wouldn’t have that black eye.

How did viewers react to the joke?

Viewers reacted with outrage and condemnation. Many took to social media to express their disappointment and criticized Rife for making light of a serious issue like domestic violence.

How did Matt Rife respond to the backlash?

Matt Rife attempted to address the criticism through his Instagram account. However, his response only added fuel to the fire. He posted a picture of himself on stage with a caption redirecting users to a page selling “Special Needs Helmets,” which was seen as inappropriate and insensitive.

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