During last night’s episode of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, comedian/host Daniel Tosh gave a “Web Redemption” to the stars of “The Heavy Metal Club” video. The original YouTube video featured teenage members of a heavy metal club (based in Seattle) performing a metal medley for unamused group of elementary students. In addition to taking a few stabs at metal and its fans, Tosh gives these teenagers the chance to party like rock stars backstage before performing at L.A.’s famed Roxy club.
Now I don’t mind a few low blows at metal fans’ expense. The thing I have a bit of an issue with, though, is the segment’s ending. As the heavy metal club wrapped up their performance, an electrical fire starts and the club goes ablaze. Once the band leaves the stage, Tosh holds the door shut, preventing “groupies” from going backstage and escaping the fire. This would be somewhat humorous to me…if a similar incident hadn’t already happened in 2003 during Great White’s Rhode Island club show.
I’m not claiming that Tosh purposefully went out of his way to make fun of such a horrific tragedy. I also realize that Tosh.0 is the last place you should be looking for “good taste” (which is part of the reason why I myself am a fan of the show). However, it still feels a bit disrespectful to all of those who were affected by the infamous Station nightclub fire. I personally hate to play the “too soon” card, especially since it takes a lot to offend me, but this was the first time Tosh.0 made me think to myself “wow, this is going too far.”
Maybe I’m overreacting to the whole thing. Watch the segment for yourself up top, and let us know your thoughts on it down below in the comment section.