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Dapper Laughs’ gross sexism is part of a bigger trend

by Sarah Bates
Issue No. 2430

OReilly in his offensive TV series

O'Reilly in his offensive TV series (Pic: ITV)

"Lads’ comedian” Daniel O’Reilly—better known as Dapper Laughs—specialises in a particularly disgusting brand of sexist comedy.

He recently told an audience member she was “gagging for a rape”. 

Thankfully grassroots pressure has given him a particularly bad week. 

His ITV2 show Dapper Laughs: On The Pull has been cancelled. 

Following public outcry O’Reilly has announced he will no longer perform as his “character” Dapper Laughs. 

He built his popularity on social media. He has 500,000 followers watching his videos on Vine and 1.75 million Facebook fans. 

The show Dapper Laughs: On The Pull reused a lot of his Vines material, giving “advice” to men on how to attract women. 

O’Reilly recently released a “charity” Christmas album to raise money for homeless charity Shelter. It included a song called “A Walk To The Pub… With A Tramp”.

Shelter has announced it will not be accepting any donations from him. 

Cardiff University students organised a petition to stop him appearing at their students’ union, which led to him cancelling his Welsh tour.

It remains to be seen if “retiring” Dapper Laughs is just an attempt to salvage his husk of a career.

Unfortunately, Dapper Laughs is actually symptomatic of wider problems of sexism within popular culture. 

Threatening women with violence is neither funny nor edgy. This type of comedy is not satire. 

The “lad culture” or “banter” seen on university campuses today is used as an excuse for misogynists.

O’Reilly panders to the most reactionary elements of an already deeply sexist society.


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Tue 18 Nov 2014, 17:16 GMT
Issue No. 2430
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