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Matt Rife Sparks Backlash Over His Domestic Violence Joke In His Netflix Special

Matt Rife at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
Matt Rife at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC. (Credit: Mathieu Bitton/Netflix)

Comedian Matt Rife is getting dragged in the streets of X (formerly Twitter) over a domestic violence joke he made in his Netflix special, “Natural Selection.” 

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In the stand-up comedy special, Matt tells a story about being in a “ratchet” Baltimore restaurant with a friend, and their female server had a black eye. 

They pondered why they didn’t have the server work in the kitchen so that customers wouldn’t see her black eye.

Matt Rife jokes, “Yeah, but I feel like if she could cook, she wouldn’t have that black eye.”

The 28-year-old comedian told the crowd that he was “just testing the waters, seeing if y’all are gonna be fun or not.”

I figure if we start the show with domestic violence the rest of the show should be smooth sailing,” Matt said.

Once he started to receive backlash for the joke, Matt Rife took to his Instagram Story writing, “If you’ve ever been offended by a joke I’ve told, here’s a link to my official apology.”

Matt added a link that read, “Tap to solve the issue.”

When tapped the link takes you to a website where you can purchase special needs helmets.

Now, folks are big mad. 

Read a few tweets below. 

To be 100 percent transparent, the first time I have ever heard of Matt Rife was when Shemar Moore went to his comedy show drunk as a skunk and shared his own cringy commentary.

Related: Shemar Moore Trends After Crashing Matt Rife’s Comedy Show With His Cringy Commentary

I attempted to watch Matt’s Netflix special just to see if he’s actually funny and it wasn’t my type of hype. 

I cashed out five minutes in.  

Whether or not Matt Rife is funny or should be canceled isn’t my battle so I’m going to sit this one out and serve as a spectator.

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