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Well Would Ya Look at That…

Last night I stumbled across an episode of Tosh.0

For those who have never seen the show, Daniel Tosh selects videos off YouTube and cracks jokes about them to an audience. As my boyfriend put it, it’s an updated version of America’s Funniest Home Videos… Well, it is if you add in 50% more inanppropriateness.

Anyway, as my boyfriend and I flipped to his show, I noticed that the topic of the current segment was on ostomies. Daniel had found a YouTube video of a girl explaining how to change her bag.

Oh god.

As I always do when I hear the word “ostomy” on TV, I cringed, not knowing what would be said. I mean, the media has never been nice when it comes to the concept of an ostomy, and Daniel Tosh is widely known for not being nice to anyone. This could be a disaster.

It turns out, I was wrong. And I have never been happier to be wrong.

Daniel began the segment by showing Laura’s video to the audience. As she demonstrated how to change her bag, the audience made some expected “grossed out” noises. Instead of giving into the audience, however, Daniel Tosh immediately started cracking jokes, not only about poop, but how much he wished he had an ostomy.

..so having a portable toilet attached to my belly button would be great. I’d rather BM in a bag than a gas station any day.”

Daniel – I couldn’t agree more.

Tosh made a few more poop jokes before he began on to interview Laura. In the interview, she explained what an ileostomy is (the same thing I have) and Daniel, obviously, made more jokes. Laura then proceeded shows her stoma to the audience, and Daniel… he touched it. Then, in normal Tosh.0 fashion, Daniel reenacted  a Magic School Bus episode and went through Laura’s digestive track, cracking more jokes along the way.

All in all, Daniel Tosh put a very positive spin on the ostomy through his intuitive questions, his jokes, and his willingness to.. well.. put his finger on it.

While I was happy to see this incredibly positive segment about the ostomy, I did want to clarify a few things. Just from my point of view:

  1. For one, in reaction to Laura’s videos, it really only takes me under 30 seconds to change a bag. I stand, I don’t use a towel, and it’s never that messy. I get she was trying to explain how to do it, but I don’t think I’ve ever done it like that in my life. To each their own, I suppose. 
  2. I don’t wear a see-through bag like Laura did in her video because, well… I don’t think anyone needs to see it.
  3. There were a lot of poop jokes made. While this, again, is obviously in Tosh.0 fashion, I’ve never really been huge on too many poop jokes. I’m not even talking about ostomy jokes- I’m talking about straight up poop jokes. There were definitely not enough ostomy jokes. Maybe that’s just me.
  4. Laura let him touch her stoma, and when she did, it was, well… messy. I’m not sure, exactly, if the writers had asked her to make it that way, but if it had been me, it would have been clean as a whistle. I did, however, agree that it was like touching someone’s butthole. (And no one gets to touch mine. Stoma, I mean. Well, maybe both.)
  5. At the end of the Magic School Bus reenactment, Laura emptied her bag in the sink. Again, not sure if the writers asked her to do that, but I would never empty mine in the sink. It’s too close to where I was my face and brush my teeth..

I wanted to clarify these few things because, well, as an ostomate who was watching the show, was a little grossed out at how it kind of went. I mean, I literally said “Oh My God” out loud when she emptied her bag in the sink, to which my boyfriend laughed at me. (I guess boys enjoy poop humour a lot more than girls do. At least more than I do… haha). I worried that if I found it a little gross, others would too – hence my  personal clarifications. I had to keep reminding myself, however, that this being Tosh.0, it made perfect sense for it to be a little bit gross. I just never found that kind of humour funny. Again, that’s just me.

Nevertheless, as I said, overall this was a great first step for ostomy awareness in the media. Daniel Tosh put an extremely positive and humorous spin to something seen so negatively. Daniel encouraged Laura to talk about it, he joked about it, and he let the audience know he wished he had one too.

Great job Laura, and thank you, thank you, thank you to Daniel Tosh.

Feel free to model an ostomy bag for me, any day.

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Please, please, please, feel free to comment on this post here, on the Facebook page, or on Twitter using the hashtag #UncoverOstomy ! Let’s get some discussion going on what you thought about the segment, my comments, and how it’s finally making it’s way into the media!

Oh, and feel free to let Daniel Tosh know how much we appreciate his willingness to talk about ostomies by tweeting him here.

You can watch the segment from the show here. In Canada? Watch it here

Jessica Grossman
info@uncoverostomy.org
5 Comments
  • Joy Hooper, RN BSN, CWOCN, OMS
    Posted at 18:54h, 04 December Reply

    I agree with you 100%

    Way to go Daniel Tosh & Laura!

  • Aileen Gould
    Posted at 22:41h, 04 December Reply

    Well said Jessica. I think she is just a newbie. My change isa swift one too. No way I am wearing a clear bag nor letting anyone besides a MD touch my stoma.

  • Shaz (Sharon Sandells)
    Posted at 01:44h, 05 December Reply

    I totally agree with all of your 5 points. No one has ever touched my stoma in 36 years except my doctor and ostomy nurse and I’m going to keep it that way for as long as I can (and if they do, I’d clean it up beforehand lol).

    I think, overall, the segment was great (even if it may have grossed some people out). Well done Tosh 0!

  • Bag Daddy
    Posted at 21:56h, 06 December Reply

    With all due respect, I think that Daniel Tosh was just playing to his audience when he was cracking the poop jokes and touching Laura’s stoma. My wife and I watch Tosh’s show regularly, and he’s well-known for going *way* over the top in some of his segments and skits. To be completely honest, I was actually expecting him to do even more than he did with respect to Laura’s stoma and bag — so I was pleasantly surprised, as you were.

    My wife did have a great idea that he could have added on to his skit, though. Since it’s the holiday season, he and Laura could have passed a pleasant afternoon decorating some festive, holiday-themed ostomy bags. Just think of it; they could use simple craft supplies to decorate some bags as Santas, snowmen, reindeer, etc. And maybe even a Hanukkah-themed bag or two as well. Then Laura could have modeled some of them.

    Just sayin. 🙂

    And I do agree with you on emptying a bag in the sink. I wouldn’t choose to do it, and if I had to for some reason, I’d chase it with a couple quarts of Clorox.

    Regards!

  • Kate
    Posted at 23:11h, 22 June Reply

    I was actually born with a birth defect called Hirschsprung’s disease and I have a permanent colostomy. I liked how Daniel handled the whole interview and how respectful, curious and funny he was with her.

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