Andrew Bailey’s “Why Rape is Sincerely Hilarious”
By now, you may have already seen Andrew Bailey’s provocative viral video, “Why Rape is Sincerely Hilarious.” For those of you who haven’t, check out the two-minute video of the actor’s monologue below.
(To quote the Youtube caption, “Warning: There will be triggers for some viewers but, if you watch, please watch the whole thing before passing judgment.”)
The fictional monologue is ostensibly about why rape is hilarious…when it happens to men. Bailey’s character reveals that he was raped by his female teacher in high school, insisting that it was just “statutory rape, not real rape,” ergo, it’s totally fine! Bailey’s eyes tear up, his face turns red, and his body language becomes more nervous and fidgety even as he tries to laugh everything off, saying that he “must have wanted it.” In the last line of the monologue, the character admits that he sincerely thinks that rape is funny “because I have to.”
It’s a compelling reminder of the emotional and psychological scars many adult victims of child sex abuse hide from the world, especially when their experiences of abuse don’t conform to preconceived notions about power and sexuality.
See the video below: