British comedian and US chat show host James Corden has received a barrage of criticism and condemnation after delivering a series of ‘rape jokes’ at a charity event in Los Angeles.

During an amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) charity gala , Corden joked: “It’s been weird this week watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath, it’s weird.”

The joke was preceded by: “It’s a beautiful night here in LA. So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.”

Corden’s gags about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein – who is facing rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment claims – appeared to fall flat as audience members weren’t sure whether to laugh or groan.

There was an immediate backlash after footage of The Late Late Show host’s comments was circulated online.

Actress Rose McGowan – who on Thursday publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her – angrily responded to Corden’s routine, calling him a “motherfucking piglet” and harshly criticising audience members who found his jokes funny:

McGowan is one of over 30 women who’ve come forward since the New York Times revealed sexual harassment, rape allegations and subsequent pay-off claims against Weinstein, which reportedly go back decades.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and rapeDavid Shankbone
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and rape

Following Corden’s ill-conceived comments, social media has lit up with responses questioning the appropriateness of his material, in light of recent events:

Following the outcry, Corden apologised on Twitter, stating he “was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior”:

To which Twitter responded:

Although Harvey Weinstein has denied the recent allegations of non-consensual sex, he has since been fired from his production company, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and his wife Georgina Chapman has left him.

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