Kim Dotcom and Twitter: the end of the affair?

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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4th September, 2012 1 comment

WARNING: Do not read beyond this point unless you have a sense of humor! Here are 15 rape jokes that work.

Could that be the tweet that triggers the end of the affair between the liberal Twitterati and Kim Dotcom?

The tweet came after a joke posted on Saturday, as part of an extended “fly on the wall” riff imaginging the exchanges between Hillary Clinton and John Key.

That read:

Fly on the Wall. John to Hillary: “I am so sorry Madam President aehm Secretary. Please give me another chance. Should we allege some rape?

After being assailed for making light of rape, he removed the tweet. It’s hard to understand what he thought he would gain by lining himself up with Julian Assange.

He subsequently posted:

The world is full of critics. They make no mistakes cause they attempt nothing. I create, I fight, I tweet, I joke, I make mistakes. Got me!

It is important to note that the link in Dotcom’s “15 rape jokes” tweet goes to the blog of respected feminist writer Kate Harding, and her post engages with the recent debate around whether rape jokes can ever be OK. Harding introduces her list by saying that she has chosen “rape jokes that work as jokes – which is to say, A) they’re constructed so that rape victims are not the butt of the joke, and B) they made me laugh”.

She adds: “Emphasis on the “me” there. Not everyone’s going to agree, and some people are going to think I’m a bad feminist, which, what else is new. But I want to be able to link to this post in the future, when this happens again – because it always does – and hordes of young men start screaming – because they always do–that feminists are trying to take all the funny out of comedy AGAIN.”

But that hasn’t satisfied many of Dotcom’s followers.

Some of the responses:

Kim Dotcom rape jokes tweet responses

Storified by Toby Manhire · Mon, Sep 03 2012 15:44:36

Unfollowed @KimDotcom. Rape is not funny.Jackson James Wood
Rape is not a joke, @KimDotcom≡mike≡the≡burrito≡
Sad that @KimDotcom is all "I’m going to change the world now that I’ve been a victim" and then tweets links to jokes about rape.Laura McQuillan
Wow @KimDotcom now posting rape jokes. Still want to swim at Kim’s?Angus W
@mcquillanatorz Yeah, I have a LOT of time and respect for Kate Harding, but I don’t want to parse good & bad rape jokes. Ever. @KimDotcomCraig Ranapia
Whoa @KimDotcom not cool!Kim
ugh i cant even start to read that crap. unfollow @KimDotcomkatbite
@_jjw_ @KimDotcom Yup. Me too. And things were going so well for him in Twitterland…Anthony Byrt
@KimDotcom what the fuck is wrong with you, rape is never okay.Bonnie Hartfield
@KimDotcom can you knock off the rape jokes? they’re not funny.kyhwana
unfollowed @KimDotcom Rape is not funny and never will be.Brutus Cooper
BREAKING: @KimDotcom has officially lost the plotBrad Gibbons
@KimDotcom NOT appropriate.rachel goodchild
Awesome, @KimDotcom now throwing out rape jokes as if its okay. Maybe people will finally stop paying attention to him.Sam McEwan
Feeling a bit shit about that swim right now, to be honest.nzben

Which prompted the following from Dotcom:

I do apologize if I offended anyone. Kate Harding is a feminist who got raped and SHE thought those jokes were funny. I used her headline.

If nothing else, this adventure on Twitter puts paid to anyone still of the conviction that the Coatesville millionaire has a stealth PR team doing his social media.

Update (11.05am):
Another tweet from Dotcom, which conjures the soundtrack of a shovel at work:

Rape is the worst kind of crime. My wife told me she felt like she was raped after the raid. I should not have brought this up. Forgive me.

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One Response to “Kim Dotcom and Twitter: the end of the affair?”

  1. Dovil Jones Sep 4 2012, 11:05am

    Kate Harding herself said she included that list on purpose to stop the rest of her post detailing why rape jokes are harmful being derailed by posters bringing them up as if to suggest the rest of her argument didn't have merit. I suspect a number of people didn't even click on the link - just knew the rape joke that dotcom had made previously, read the title of his next tweet, and that was enough.

    There has been an affair between Dotcom and the media because coverage has been incredibly one-sided, bordering on the sycophantic. If you want evidence of how dumbed down some media has become with wanting to paint people and issues with broad brush strokes to fit certain prepackaged themes he's a great example.
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