Last night The Charmichael Show returned to NBC for season 3 of their series. To start where they left off; the show stepped right in to some tough topics. In one of the premiere episodes they addressed the conversation of Rape using Lil Rel’s character Bobby. In a released clip, you can see what happens when Bobby finally decides to confront someone he felt he raped.
“Yes Means Yes” (episode) delves into the complicated nature of consent and what constitutes sexual assault in 2017. Maxine (Ashley Stevens West) defends the perspective that a verbal yes is needed from a woman before every step of intercourse. Jerrod (Jerrod Carmichael) and the rest of his family argue that’s too confusing and unrealistic to expect from every sexual encounter. Jerrod even goes as far to say that a rape accusation for a man can be as damaging as actual rape is for an assault victim. The situation only gets more complicated as Bobby (Lil Rel Howry) grapples with whether he asked his date from the previous night for consent — and if she didn’t give it, did he rape her? “Yes Means Yes” doesn’t fail in the way you’d expect. It continues the Carmichael tradition of being able to infuse humor into difficult and uncomfortable topics. The episode is able to make jokes without belittling sexual assault victims. There are definitely triggers for anyone who has experienced rape, but none of the jokes are distasteful. It doesn’t feel wrong to laugh at the punchlines. But it wasn’t without some problems. The Carmichael Show didn’t take a misstep in content, but in perspective.
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