Nation At 9: Tanmay Bhat mocked Sachin & Lata; Netas threaten violence

| Monday, May 30, 2016 - 23:09
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AIB member Tanmay Bhat's video spoofing two of India's greatest icons Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar, has sparked a major controversy. Last night, NewsX had reported the story and the comedian accused the channel of sensationalism. Unfortunately for him, the coverage sparked a national storm with netas and celebs of every stripe demanding an apology from the stand-up comedian. Others, particularly netas have threatened to thrash him. The MNS and Shiv Sena have taken the lead in this respect. This isn't new. In fact, the Senas have a history of intimidating their critics. From vandalising their homes, seeking their arrest, these Senas have been at the forefront of violent self-styled vigilantism. Is this the most desirable way of making a point against Tanmay? Surely not.
In fact what we have here is a case of the cure being worse than the malady. Then there are celebs who are expressing outrage. But they are the first ones to cry that their rights are being infringed upon when they make movies that ridicule or offend social mores. But having said that comics like Tanmay also need to ask themselves some big questions: do comics and other performers have the right to insult in the name of free speech? Isn't it true that Tanmay is a repeat offender who has posted some highly offensive tweets in the past?
Is Tanmay Bhat trying to seek attention by sending out offensive tweets?

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