Nation At 9: Colour comedy turns dark; racism in the name of ‘roast’

“They asked me if I ate a lot jamuns” …that’s what actor Tannishtha Chatterjee told us when we asked her why she walked out of a television comedy roast last night.
 
She claims the only thing the comedian hosts could find funny about her was her skin colour. She says it’s a deep-seated prejudice and that’s why it can never be funny.
 
Many have come out to agree with her, others say that there no lines in the sand in a comedy show. The debate has pricked at India’s conscience.
 
In a country obsessed with being fair, the tone of your skin defines more than it ought to. When and how will that change?

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