Comedian and content creator Matt Rife – who Forbes also ranked as one of the top creators for this year – made history by starring in a Netflix special. Several news outlets reported about it before its release, including us here in Popculturizm.
It’s got fans excited, especially that Rife has tons of followers and subscribers in his social media accounts.
Until these fans actually saw the show.
Jokes that honored domestic violence?
Now, the comedian is facing considerable backlash for the jokes he dropped in his Netflix special.
Some of his jokes seemed to have glorified domestic violence and abuse.
In particular, his show started with him sharing about a trip he did to Baltimore where he and his friend visited a restaurant, and met with a female hostess with a black eye.
“I’ve only been to Baltimore one time. I ate lunch there, and the hostess, who seats you at the restaurant, had a black eye. A full black eye,” the 28-year-old comedian told the crowd. “It wasn’t like, ‘What happened?’ It was pretty obvious what happened. We couldn’t get over the fact that like, this is the face of the company? This is who you have greeting people?”
Several netizens criticized him and his show. One of them posted on X, “i’ve been a hater of matt rife and i never understood how women idolised him.”
Rife responded to the criticisms, and wrote about making an “apology.” However, he still turned his “apology” to a joke.
“If you’ve ever been offended by a joke I’ve told — here’s a link to my official apology,” he wrote. Then, there’s a link option that read, “Tap to solve your issue.”
The link did not proceed to an apology, but rather to a medical website offering an option to purchase helmets for people with special needs.
Nonetheless, “Matt Rife: Natural Selection” managed to earn the second spot on Netflix’s global top 10 list of most-watched TV garnering 7.4 million views in its debut week.