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Popular Paints Of Prejudice

My personal act—walking out of that comedy show—became a public stance because many people related to the problem of ‘colourism’ in India

Popular Paints Of Prejudice
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Popular Paints Of Prejudice
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2017-04-22T11:53:58+05:30

Recently I walked out of a comedy show because in the name of “roasting”, I was being targeted for my skin tone. I had gone there to promote my film, but the jibes were prejudiced, and neither original nor funny. To begin with, the atmosphere of the “comedy” had already been vitiated by a flood of rape jokes. All in all I had a visceral reaction and felt suffocated by the goings on. Even after I got back home, I was deeply troubled and wondered about the role of mass culture in a democracy and who the “masses” are.

I don’t believe in censorship, but then I do wonder about how free should free speech be? Is free speech just about defending the right to offend? Offend, yes, but we must ask to what end the ­offence and who benefits from it. In a complex ­democracy like India, these are basic questions that everyone should ask.

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