'Observe and Report's' Date Rape Scene: Funny or Offensive?

She believes the film will make murkier what is already considered a gray area -- date rape. Even The New York Times, in its profile of the film's writer and director Jody Hill, does not the call the scene rape, writing, "Before the scene is over, she indicates that she had given her consent."

"It's a date rape scene, no ifs, ands and buts. If you mumble an acknowledgement while blacked out, that is not informed consent," Storm said.

"(The reaction to the film) is clearly indicative of a much larger problem and why these cases are hardest to prosecute and sell to a jury," she added. "There seems to be a consensus of confusion about what is rape."

Ironically, the film is being released during National Sexual Assault Awareness month and Alcohol Awareness month.

"The positive thing is the film has created a flashpoint around which people are discussing all the confusion," said Martin, the feminist writer and author of "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters." "As much as I wish the scene didn't exist, I think it's clear both men and women are confused. And it's made more confusing by alcohol and the contemporary college scene that is Seth Rogen's target market.

"He should have more respect for the influence he has," said Martin, a self-professed Rogen fan. "I feel sad about the way he's using it."

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