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Comedian Matt Rife is facing backlash for a domestic violence joke in his Netflix special "Natural Selection." Critics argue that the joke is sexist, misogynistic, ableist, and offensive. Rife's apology was deemed insincere, and he faced further criticism for linking to special needs helmets in his apology.

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Comedian Matt Rife is facing controversy and backlash for a joke he made about domestic violence in his Netflix special, "Natural Selection" [Forbes]. The joke, which many viewers found offensive and insensitive, led to widespread criticism and calls for Rife to be "canceled" [Buzzfeed News].

In response to the backlash, Rife initially defended his joke, stating that comedy should be free from censorship and that people should be able to joke about anything [NY Post]. However, he later issued an apology on social media, acknowledging that he had crossed a line and expressing remorse for his actions [Page Six].

Rife's apology, however, was met with mixed reactions. Some felt that it was genuine and a step in the right direction, while others believed that it was insincere and only made to save face [Sportskeeda]. Additionally, critics pointed out that Rife's apology included a link to special needs helmets, further adding to the controversy and backlash [Page Six].

Furthermore, this is not the first time Rife has faced backlash for his jokes. In the past, he has been criticized for making sexist remarks and derogatory comments about women [Independent]. A resurfaced video of Rife making inappropriate comments about actress Zendaya also added fuel to the fire of the controversy surrounding his Netflix special [Sportskeeda].

The controversy surrounding Rife and his Netflix special has sparked a larger conversation about the boundaries of comedy, the responsibility of comedians, and the impact of their words [Daily Mail]. Many are calling for Netflix to take action and remove Rife's special from their platform, while others argue that censorship is not the solution [News.com.au].

As the controversy continues to unfold, Rife's career and reputation hang in the balance. It remains to be seen how he will navigate the fallout from his controversial joke and whether he will be able to recover from the backlash [Complex].

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