Being unwell and out of political debates has its advantages. A week of ‘forced break’…
MUMBAI:I can’t start this week’s write-up without gloating about how I had my ‘told-you-so’ moment in last week’s column. I had mentioned how every topic under the sun is a potentially controversial topic.
We Indians love our outrage and I can prove that we can go to any lengths. For all my tech-savvy talk, I hate to admit I don’t know what SnapChat is except for knowing that it is a huge hit with my nieces and of them spending time on it to stay connected. Sigh, to be a millennial!
I have now downloaded SnapChat so that I am totally clued in whenever next outrage comes calling from there. Well, it is another thing that I don’t know anyone on it except my nephews and nieces. Yes, I am old, but yes, I shall overcome the handicap of not knowing much of the most talked-of app!
While I personally found the entire Latadidi vs Sachin Tendulkar joke tasteless, at the same time, I would have never imagined the outrage over it, would reach epic proportions of near-stupidity. Maybe I don’t understand insult comedy, maybe I am old school on that front, but yet I’d stand firmly on the side of freedom of speech.
If the comedian has broken any law, let the law of the land prevail. But one cannot threaten him physical harm on the basis of a joke gone wrong. Like I said in last week’s column, we are living up to the title of Outrage Nation. Reminds me of the oft-repeated quote ‘I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.’
But then for a moment, forget the political parties reacting the way they are expected to react, a senior comedian took the argument a notch lower with his remarks on the kind of audience that enjoys such humour.