There Was a Rape on Broad City, and It Was Hilarious

January 15, 2015 1:09 PM

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There Was a Rape on Broad City, and It Was Hilarious

A few minutes into Wednesday night's season two premiere of Comedy Central’s Broad City—starring comedy duo Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as the wacky, winkingly fictionalized BFFs “Abbi” and “Ilana”—Abbi rapes a guy. It’s summer in New York, and when Abbi finally gets her date Stacy (played by guest star Seth Rogen) to stop cooking fajitas over a hot stove and have sweaty sex with her, he passes out from the heat with her on top—and she keeps going until she’s finished. The next day, when Abbi recounts the episode to Ilana, she informs Abbi that she's totally a rapist, then riffs on the idea—“You know, I’ve never been to this neighborhood before, but I’m not scared because I’m with a stone cold rapist”—until she circles around to a justification: “Hey, it’s OK. It’s reverse rapism. You are raping rape culture. Yes!”

Rachel Syme, who spent months trailing the duo for Grantland as they filmed the second season, writes that “young, cosmopolitan women” became obsessed with Broad City “because they saw themselves, finally, on TV: Here were women getting blazed out of their minds, pulling off petty heists, fantasizin...

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