November 09, 2011
When a fan unfollowed him and called him out on what he considered a joke, he responded, "Keep it to yourself." Later, he deleted the tweet and said, "I'm sorry, I'm gonna go ahead and put myself on Twitter restriction until next week."
Yep, when "creativity" leads to jokes about sexual assault, that's a good time to keep your mouth shut.
Let's just be 100 percent clear on something: Rape isn't funny. Every time a joke is made about it, victims are reminded of their trauma. If you think it's funny, you clearly have never been held down and forced to have sex against your will. If you think it's funny, you've never seen the path of destruction it causes in a victim's life. If you think it's funny, you have no empathy for the 81K reported rape victims in the U.S. every year.
I don't think Forrest Griffin is that cold of a person, but he does need to learn that what he said is not OK, and that his words have weight. Taking that UFC Twitter bonus and giving it to a rape victim's group like R.A.I.N.N. would be one way to properly apologize.
If he doesn't do it, the UFC should step in and fine him. It's been reluctant in the past to step in when fighters or any other representatives step over the line, but it just gave Griffin $5,000 for what he tweets. Letting him keep that cash would be condoning more of the same from him in the future.
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