I'm definitely not someone who's easily offended, but when I saw this sleazy, arrogant creep from Facebook had been given airtime on one of our biggest TV channels, I honestly couldn't believe it. It's one thing making vines and videos on facebook, but it's another to have them endorsed by a massive corporation like ITV, and broadcast to the whole country on a prime time TV slot. By putting this creep on telly and calling it 'comedy', ITV told us that they thought this was funny too. Thankfully, a lot of people disagreed and this week, it was cancelled.
Dapper, or Daniel O'Reilly, has now apologised and obviously, he regrets the criticism he's now getting. He says it was only ever meant to be a funny character, and he didn't expect or want people to copy or idolise him. So why did he retweet numerous fans, who were bragging that they'd shouted 'she knows' at women in the street? A retweet is metaphorical pat-on-the-back in my opinion - he was congratulating them.
image source: ITV
The most worrying thing, though, is the reaction from some people now that it's been axed. I've read loads of well-liked facebook statuses and tweets claiming that 'people who can't take a joke' have ruined it for everyone else. Apparently, it was funny and we were just supposed to laugh at this guy saying vulgar things to real women and condoning sexual violence. Do these people not see the irony? The fact that they're saying it's just a joke and we shouldn't take it seriously, is the very reason why it should never have been broadcast in the first place. Dapper talks about girls like they're nothing but a potential conquest and his 'dating advice' focuses purely on how to get the girl into bed as quick as possible. Even the way he talks about girls' bodies makes my skin crawl - it's so demeaning. This program gives the message that it's okay to behave this way in real life, as long as you're doing it 'as a joke'. And in my opinion, if you're defending the program, you're defending that message too.
The bottom line is, ITV should have known how this would go down and I actually think it's unfair for Daniel O'Reilly to take the flack for it all. What about the TV bosses who decided to shine the spotlight on this guy? The internet is full of sleazy, weird videos and that's where Dapper Laughs should have stayed.
What's your thoughts on Dapper Laughs?