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Matt Rife fuels controversy over 'Natural Selection' joke after unbothered apology

Matt Rife's first comedy special, 'Natural Selection' aired on Netflix on November 15, 2023

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Matt Rife fuels controversy over 'Natural Selection' joke after unbothered apology

Matt Rife's first comedy special, 'Natural Selection' aired on Netflix on November 15, 2023

Matt Rife fuels controversy over Natural Selection joke after unbothered apology
Matt Rife fuels controversy over 'Natural Selection' joke after unbothered apology

Matt Rife, who sparked controversy with a joke on domestic violence on his Netflix special Natural Selection, has added fuel to the fire with an unbothered apology.

As reported by Variety, after cracking a sensitive joke on his show, Rife found himself in hot waters again with a 'nonchalant' pardon on his social media account.

On November 20, 2023, he took to his Instagram story to issue an apology in which he said, "If you’ve ever been offended by a joke I’ve made here’s a link to my apology." The link he attached said, “Tap to solve the issue.”

Many fans revealed that upon tapping, the link redirected them to a health website where special needs helmets could be bought.

For the unversed, Rife's show featured a story where a friend notices a female server at a restaurant having a black eye and wonders why she won’t work in the kitchen so that no one would see her injury.

After this, the 28-year-old comedian cracked the controversial joke, “Yeah, but I feel like if she could cook, she wouldn’t have that black eye.”

Rife told the crowd that this joke was him “testing the waters, seeing if ya’ll are gonna be fun or not,” after mixed reactions were received from the audience.

About 'Natural Selection':

Natural Selection is Rife’s first comedy special that aired on Netflix after the comedian rose to fame from the video streaming site TikTok.

In an interview to Variety, Rife stated how he wanted his comedy special to be popular  not only amongst females but males as well, because he endures a lot of comments that claimed that he has only a female fan base that support him.

“One of the biggest misconceptions of things I get ridiculed online for is people are like ‘oh, he only has a female fan base,'” Rife said.

He further added, “In the beginning yes, because I did blow up on TikTok which is very female dominant…So, I get that perspective. But when you come to the shows, I mean, it’s 50/50. It’s couples coming out. It’s groups of dudes who are coming. And that’s one thing that I wanted to tackle in this special was showing people that like despite what you think about me online, I don’t pander my career to women.” 

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