Comedian Matt Rife Slammed For Sexist ‘Black Eye’ Joke In His Netflix Special

Stand-Up comic Matt Rife has garnered the ire of fans because of a sexist joke he made in his new Netflix special, “Natural Selection.”

Following the release of the special, fans trolled the comedian online, saying he was promoting domestic violence.

In a recent interview, Rife doubled down on his comments, revealing that he’s not worried about offending a certain number of people with his jokes.

Matt Rife Lands In Hot Water For ‘Sexist’ Joke

Rife’s latest Netflix special has not gotten the positive reaction he might have expected, as fans have trolled him for making a sexist joke during the show.

The comedian, who gained fame via TikTok, had joked about meeting a hostess with a black eye during one of his travels, per Buzz Feed.

Narrating the story, Rife said, “It was pretty obvious what happened. But we couldn’t get over, like, this is the face of the company? This is who you have greeting people?”

He added, “And my boy, who I was with, was like, ‘Yeah, I feel bad for her, man, I feel like they should put her in the kitchen or something where nobody has to see her face.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, but I feel like if she could cook, she wouldn’t have that black eye.’”

The comedian went on to further roast the said woman, saying, “She should have had her protection crystal.”

Fans Say Matt Rife Is Promoting Domestic Violence

Although Rife tried to lighten the atmosphere by saying the rest of the show wouldn’t be riddled with controversial jokes, people on social media weren’t having it.

One fan said, “Matt Rife opens his special with a ‘if a woman could cook, she wouldn’t have a black eye’ joke. Really? This is your god?”

A second person said, “I love comedy shows and the trailer made him look really funny! I got five minutes in before I closed it out. If you hate women so much we’d rather you not be around us anyway.”

Some other followers mentioned that Rife wasn’t funny and should learn how to up his game.

Another follower commented, “As a general rule, I stay away from straight white male comedians, but I thought, hey, let’s give this guy a shot, and he reinforced my rule 1000x over. Will never stray from the rule again lol.”

One more person added, “The wife was excited to watch his special because his short clips on social media have been great. But holy s— his comedy sucked.”

The Comedian Doesn’t Care About Being Trolled

Despite garnering the ire of fans with his joke, Rife doesn’t seem to care. In an interview with  Variety, the comedian explained why he feels this way.

“You have to be yourself and not worry about offending a certain amount of people. You might miss out on a joke that you’re worried might offend somebody, but might make you a million new fans,” the comedian told the publication shortly after the release of his special.

He added, “You don’t know what people are into, and that’s why you have to go out there and do your comedy and just lay it all out there vulnerable to find your audience.

The comedian also pointed out that vulnerability is really crucial in the comedy business, adding that it was important for comedians to “do the jokes you want to tell in your voice, in your comedy, to figure out who likes your comedy.”

Rife Addressed’ One Of The Biggest Misconceptions’ Of His Career

Rife also addressed “one of the biggest misconceptions” of his career, which centers on how he”only has a female fan base.”

He admitted that he did blow up on the “very female dominant” TikTok. However, he went on to say that his shows often have both genders in attendance.

Rife said, “When you come to the shows, I mean, it’s 50/50. It’s couples coming out. It’s groups of dudes who are coming.”

“And that’s one thing that I wanted to tackle in this special was showing people that like despite what you think about me online, I don’t pander my career to women. I would argue this special is way more for guys.”

Rife also mentioned that he “wanted to make this special for everybody” and “not for a specific demographic.”

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