Just like what has happened in the past, facebook postings and political satire in comedy show all take controversial turn most of the time. Now a comedian is lynched for trashy video and it is history now. It is a case that deals with the sensitivities of people, who cannot tolerate their icons being abused, on one hand, and the line that comedians need to draw while lampooning celebrities, on the other. As the matter came into public domain and the social media is paying more attention, the standup comedian Tanmay Bhat’s video of a mock conversation between Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar, which showed both the celebrities in a rather poor light. The media outcry that ensued has obliged the Mumbai Police ask facebook and youtube to block the video, even though by the end of the day it was viewed many who remain online.
The strange situation is that the social media was, however divided on whether it was fun that went awry or downright offensive. The trashy video revealed the state of mind of standup comedian and his offensive is now controversial politically. It is time to penalize such a post in the social media and a lesson or two should be taught to Tanmay. Freedom of press is existing in India very much but that does not mean that a person go to such an extent to expose two celebrites in such a silly way. It is indeed a testing time for Tanmay and a lesson for others who misuse social media for their own behavioural problem. There should be a full stop for nonsense.
Your social media feed must be full of statuses, opinions and blogs about Tanmay’s act. Netizens had condemned his video. This controversy has given birth to two schools of thoughts, one believing that the comedian has gone a bit too far with his understanding of humour by insulting the legends and the other who think that it’s just a joke and people should rather be tolerant.
Is comedy a crime is a question mark? Penalising the same one for a joke is itself a joke. Even though we are the world’s largest democracy our appetite for humour and criticism is really very low. What Tanmay Bhat did was not a slander that you can penalise for. Those involved in public affairs such as politicians, officials and celebrities must learn to accept both humour and criticism. The State cannot enforce political correctness on us. Tanmay Bhat is having a taste of his own bitter medicine. Instead of criticising Tanmay it would have been better to just ignore his act rather than making a mountain out of a molehill.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)