When Chael Sonnen made the following domestic violence joke on Monday on Fox Sports Live:
Look, Floyd needs to keep doing what he’s doing, which is fighting complete tomato cans who we’ve never heard of before. I’ve never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous off of having complete wimps throwing punch at their faces. I know what you’re saying. You’re saying, ‘Well, it’s happened before, what about Rihanna?’ Shame on you. Classless. I will not stand for it. Too soon? Was it too soon?
People got kinda mad. After all, violence against women jokes are kinda frowned upon. Dana White’s response:
First of all, the joke wasn’t that funny. He’s not a comedian, and you can’t make fun of domestic violence or any other thing. He’s a sports commentator and he’s got to knock that shit off. He’s got to stop. He’s got to stop or it’s not going to be good. Chael needs to stop the comedy and do what he’s on that show to do. He’s great at it. He’s super talented. Leave the jokes to the comedians.
Now that we know the jokes are best left to the professional comedians, we here at Fightlinker are more than happy to swoop in. What did the poop say when it took a pee? Fart… BJ Penn! Hahahahaha. That’s essentially what most of our jokes boil down to. Note that Dana didn’t actually say that Chael’s joke wasn’t funny at all. Actually, Chael’s Rihanna joke was funny. It was a clever analogy, even if the subject matter was offensive. That doesn’t mean it’s not funny… it means that the joke was both funny and offensive.
Unfortunately, the game of UFC personalities being as offensive as humanly possible with no consequences may only be able to continue for so long, as FOX Sports released a statement regarding the situation:
FOX Sports regrets the comments Chael Sonnen made during last night’s edition of FOX Sports Live. They were an inappropriate attempt at humor that Sonnen acknowledges shouldn’t have been made and he apologizes to anyone who may have been offended by his remarks.
Will this end up like things did when Joe Rogan used the phrase “cunty cunt” to refer to Yahoo blogger Maggie Hendricks? Dana white allegedly “addressed the situation directly with Joe,” after which Joe went straight back to “cunting it up” at least weekly on his podcast. This looks like it’s sizing up as a similar situation, which would be a more thorough response than the one Dana gave to Chael’s comments using “Brazilians” and “blowdarts” in the same sentence.
As someone who is relied upon to produce comedic material on a regular basis, I can understand Sonnen’s tendency to verbally extrapolate on things. It has had some hilarious consequences in the past. My vote is for Chael Sonnen to be allowed to make jokes about domestic violence as he sees fit. His actual crimes were financial ones, but even if they had been domestically violent, the joke would still be funny.