Funny or Die Creates Controversial Legitimate Rape Video Ad

Actress Laura Napoli in a mock rape scene for Funny of Die (Photo Credit: YouTube)

Comedy is meant to spur laughter, but some jokes simply go too far. That’s the budding consensus concerning a new parody video put out by Funny ofrDie. Entitled, “Legitimate Rape,” the clip is intended to take aim at Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) (read about his contentious remark here) and is made to look like your typical, run-of-the-mill pharmaceutical commercial.

So, what’s the controversy about, you ask? We’ll let Gawker — an outlet that typically has no qualms about edgy humor — tell you:

Co-penned by and starring motion-capture actress Laura Napoli, the pretend-ad for a form of birth control called “legitimate rape” features a mock-rape scene that may bring the whole thing a little too close to home for some.

Funny or Die Creates Controversial Legitimate Rape Video Ad

Actress Laura Napoli being punched in the face during a mock rape video (Photo Credit: YouTube)

While Napoli speaks about “legitimate rape” in the mock ad, it is made to look like she is very literally being raped by an assailant who is dressed in black. The disturbing satirical scenario depicts the actress being knocked to the ground, where the horrific incident takes place. Later, she is punched in the face, further perpetuating a theme of violence.

Gawker called the ad “unrepentantly brutal.” Watch it, below, to decide for yourself whether or not Funny of Die went too far in staging the rape scene:

There are some other moments to note as well. A fake disclaimer in the video also pokes fun at Akin, vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan and others who weighed in on the legal definition of rape back in 2011. Here’s a screen shot showing that portion of the ad:

Funny or Die Creates Controversial Legitimate Rape Video Ad

Photo Credit: YouTube

The video is also being advertised on Facebook on a targeted fan page with a slogan that reads, “We’re not Akin this up.” A description for the clip continues: “Do you suffer from Sexually Liberated Uterine Tendencies? Now there’s a treatment that can help.”

Oddly, after using rape as a tool to poke fun at Akin and Republicans, the video concludes with the line, “Sexual assault is a serious issue. If you need help visit www.RAINN.org…” Then, it notes that the production was not endorsed by RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) or any politician or organization, for that matter.

Funny or Die Creates Controversial Legitimate Rape Video Ad

Photo Credit: YouTube

The final screen, though, is sure to present an image advertising the Facebook fan page for the ad as well as a hashtag that people can purportedly use to make it go viral (#LegitimateRapeAd).

What do you think? Too far? Let us know in the comments section, below.

(H/T: Gawker)