In a 2010 Vanity Fair interview with “Jackass” stars Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O, the stars copped to the show’s high degree of “anal play and nipple torture and testicle touching.” Steve-O said at the time, “In many ways, all our gay humor has been a humanitarian attack against homophobia.

Does anyone think that if four young men filmed even a “simulated” rape of a passed out woman with a beer bottle, it would not be considered a sexual assault?

Does anyone think that “no bottle went through this bloke’s anus” is not a perfectly acceptable definition of “no rape?

”We still have a mighty long way to go in understanding the concept of consent, and how heavily it factors in the concept of assault.

All are described as “old school mates and family friends” of the accuser from a local private school. So there’s no reason why this should have any press coverage…

Lawyer Eugene O’Sullivan says this has all been blown out of proportion, telling the court Monday that “I’ve seen the video and the video is, it is as my friend [another attorney] reported, it’s simply trial by media. because it’s just silly, and it should be handled in a proper way by the [Director of Public Prosecutions] and should be mediated and should be dismissed.

It’s just a prank, no rape involved, no bottle went through this bloke’s anus, so no rape.” The men have been granted bail and will return to court in November. The attorney’s argument that the incident was simply an emulation of the popular MTV series of the early part of the century is an intriguing gambit.

The show did seem to delight in hijinx involving the inebriated, especially if there was an opportunity for someone to bust out his junk.

A 19 year-old goes out for a night of reportedly “heavy drinking.” Passes out in a bedroom.

And then, later, discovers that a video of an alleged sexual assault involving a beer bottle has been posted on social media and passed around. But an attorney representing two of the men says that the whole incident has been blown out of proportion, and insists the whole thing was “just a prank.” And I guess that’s considered a credible line of argument, because the alleged victim is male.