Megyn Kelly and renowned sitcom actress Suzanne Somers had a great laugh about marital rape on live television Wednesday.
Somers and her husband, Alan Hamel, were guests on “Megyn Kelly Today,” to promote Somers’ new book "Two’s Company" — a play on words alluding to the television show “Three’s Company,” which Somers starred in alongside John Ritter.
Somers' book was described by Kelly as a “virtual how-to guide for how to stay in love and in lust,” which is what sparked the conversation that led to marital rape jokes.
After Somers revealed that she and her husband have sex on a daily basis, she jokingly added, “Sometimes I’m not awake for it, though.”
The audience laughed, and Kelly responded with, “Alan’s like, ‘Those are some of the best times!’”
If that wasn’t unsettling enough, Somers shared an anecdotal story about a friend whose son is a trial lawyer in Canada and worked a marital rape case. Somers recounted her friend telling her, “In Canada, it’s illegal to have sex with your wife if she’s not awake.” She then looked to Hamel and said that he “would be in jail,” if that was the law in the United States.
However, as HuffPost notes, marital rape is actually illegal in all 50 states.
While it’s clear these statements were made in a jovial manner, it’s still problematic. The fact that it could even be considered funny for someone to have their way with your body while you’re asleep — married or otherwise — sheds light on how we, as a society, perpetuate rape culture.
If you recall, the Stanford rapist, Brock Turner, took advantage of an inebriated, unconscious woman. That incident was certainly not funny, so why would this be?
This type of banter is particularly disturbing coming from two women amid the peak of the #MeToo movement, which is exposing the rampant sexual assault in Hollywood and beyond.
Furthermore, partaking in this joke was especially egregious of Kelly, who recently went public with her accusations of sexual harassment against her former Fox News colleagues Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly.
Here's a valuable tip for men and women alike: There is no time in which a rape joke, in any context, is funny.