Comedian Matt Rife is facing criticism after making a joke about domestic violence in his Netflix special “Natural Selection” and responding to the backlash with a mock apology that directed viewers to purchase special needs helmets.

In his special, which began streaming on November 15, Rife opened with a joke about a woman with a black eye at a Baltimore restaurant, alluding to domestic abuse. The joke received criticism on social media, with viewers calling it disrespectful and distasteful.

In response to the backlash, Rife posted a sarcastic message on his Instagram Story, stating, “If you’ve ever been offended by a joke I’ve told – here’s a link to my official apology,” along with a link that redirected users to purchase special needs helmets from Medicaleshop.

The mock apology was widely criticized as “ableist,” with people on social media expressing their disapproval of Rife’s response. Some accused him of being disrespectful and distasteful in his attempt at humor.


Rife, a social media sensation who gained fame on TikTok, has faced backlash for his controversial jokes and response, with many viewers questioning the appropriateness of his comedy.

hat are your thoughts on comedians making jokes about sensitive topics like domestic violence? Do you think there should be limits on what comedians can joke about, or should they have creative freedom to explore any subject matter? Leave us a comment.

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