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So, a little after the fourth minute of the most recent Diggnation, Kevin Rose made feminists very uncomfortable when he said the following:

“there is only one time you can strike [a woman] if she kicks you in the balls, you have the ability and the right, to punch her in the teat – it’s just like that – it’s kinda like tit for tat…It hurts them, it does too – or take a scissors to the teat

Dude, maybe you should stop giving women a reason to kick you in the balls…

Well, now he’s apologizing for the remark:

“I’d like to apologize for some comments I made in the latest episode of Diggnation, which came off as insensitive on the topic of violence towards women. Alex and I have always viewed Diggnation as an outlet to push the limits in a comedic fashion. Obviously, violence against women is serious and something we don’t advocate in any way.”

Now, the interesting part of this story is in the comment section on Digg for this story. I want to explain the system. Users can vote up or vote down the comments users post. If you like a comment, you give it a digg. If you don’t like a comment, you take away a digg. Keep that in mind…

Here are a sampling of the comments left by users:

way too uptight, sugartits. (136 diggs.)

I’m sure if he hadn’t apologized there would’ve been be a vast increase in tit clippings at hospitals across the world. Please. Learn to judge the connotation of what people say. (77 diggs.)

boohooohoo, cry me a river, lighten up bitches it’s all in good fun. (49 diggs.)

Let’s compare with supporters of Kevin’s action:

All I can think of is A) Good for you Kev for apologizing and B) What a well-written article! (-19 diggs.)

We all have brain farts from time to time. Props to Rose for admitting his mistake and apologizing for it. (-11 diggs.)

cutting a woman’s nipples with scissors isn’t funny, it’s sadistic, ok? it was a ***** up thing to say and he apologized for it. (-43 diggs.)

And luckily there are some real winners:

In response to the comment:i don’t think he should have had to apologize for that… The First Amendment allows it. (63 diggs.)

Whether it’s allowed and whether it’s appropriate are two VERY different things. (49 diggs.)

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