Anthony Jeselnik’s latest TV show The Jeselnik Offensive prides its self on being edgy and controversial. Hell, it has “offensive” in its title.
Many of the show’s jokes spawn from embarrassing celebrity moments or tragedies around the world. Many times you will find yourself laughing, even if it is out of being uncomfortable because your morals boundaries are being pushed.
However, the show may have gone too far earlier this week when the host celebrated and taunted a shark victim’s death. Jeselnik first talked about the man’s death in a joking manner, which is not uncommon, but followed it up with a “Shark Party.” During this “party” women in shark costumes came out and danced with Jeselnik. The music slowed and Anthony quickly spoke up saying “I’m so excited I can barely control myself.” Then a man dressed as a surfer covered in fake blood and a woman in a leggy shark costume run out. Moments later, Jeselnik sat on a chair and received a lap dance from the ‘Head Shark Lady.’ Jeselnik ended the bit by standing and stating, “Lets not forget the man who made this all possible. Smile you son of a b*tch.” Displaying a picture of the New Zealander Adam Strange who was the victim of the shark attack last week.
Since the incident aired earlier this week, the man’s family stated their disgust over the incident saying it used, “incredibly poor taste.” There’s been no follow up response by Jeselnik via his Twitter but he’s been known to go long stretches without sharing there anyway.
The video has been taken down from most web outlets that would usually carry it including Comedy Central’s properties. Before the clip was removed from Youtube, many thought the joke went too far with 1,784 dislikes to only 464 likes. Some of the comments stick up for Jeselnik while others really let him have it for crossing the line.
So what do you think? Are people being too sensitive about the topic or has The Jeselnik Offensive actually become too offensive?