We've seen U.S. Rep. Todd Akin slammed for his outrageous "legitimate rape" claims left and right, but Funny Or Die's ‘Legitimate Rape’ pharmaceutical ad takes the cake in terms of shock value.
The satirical 'commercial' features actress, co-executive producer and co-writer Laura Napoli serenely explaining how the drug works -- before getting violently thrown to the ground by a sexual assaulter.
"Are you a woman who sometimes finds it difficult to afford expensive birth control? If so, you're probably suffering from Sexually Liberated Uterine Tendencies," meaning you may be a slut. "Fortunately, now there's a treatment that can help. It's called Legitimate Rape."
Also known as "birth control, except as imagined by crazy people."
One of the "crazy people" in question, Akin, drew heat for his legitimate rape comment he made during a KTVI-TV interview. When asked about his stance on abortion, he said the following about pregnancies resulting from rape:
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
Akin later apologized, but that hasn't stopped the scathing critiques.
While many praised Funny Or Die's video, others thought it was a bitter pill to swallow. Some YouTube commenters dismissed the video for its flippant assessment of a complex issue.
"Yeah I know what you're trying here but this is not funny. Sorry. And for people (read US congressmen and other stupid lawmakers worldwide) who even use the term 'legitimate rape' seriously, words fail me. NO rape is legitimate. Good effort in trying to spread the message but still not funny," wrote nastymunky.
One YouTube user commented that such anger misses the underlying issue.
"Anger towards this video is misguided. You're shooting at the messenger & it wont change things," jorezshai wrote.