Video Of Comedian Matt Rife's Domestic Abuse Joke Causes Controversy

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Comedian Matt Rife faced social media backlash for starting his Netflix special, Natural Selection, with a domestic abuse joke about a female server with a black eye.

Rather than offering a direct apology, Rife responded by linking to a site selling safety helmets for people with special needs, sparking further offense.

In the controversial opening, Rife attempted to gauge the audience's reaction, stating that starting with domestic violence would make the rest of the show "smooth sailing."

The incident highlighted the challenges comedians encounter when addressing sensitive subjects and the importance of thoughtful responses to criticism.

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