Horde of Mindless Offence -takers ( Copyright of Marvel Comics)
For the last entire week, every orifice of media was overflowing with news related to a molehill created by a few mindless “offence-takers” on the “AIB ROAST” videos. It led to the TAKEDOWN of the video. But, the question which pops up in the mind is “Where does this stop?“. This has been taken up by a lot of other artists across the world.
Interestingly, many folks who talked about AIB Roast as “insulting to the cultural values” were posting “Je Suis Charlie” on their FB Walls and DPs. That is the sweet irony of the issue. They want to decided the guidelines for HOW and WHAT is right to express.
Yes, AIB Roast was filled with “cuss” language and quite a few filthy lines. But, it came with a disclaimer and a total right for people to “not watch or follow” it. There have been enough discussions about our lack of ability “to laugh on ourselves” or “to take humour lightly“. But, this takedown has actually touch and started to “cut“on the jugular of the artists.
This video is not auto-playing on TV. It is on YOUTUBE. An user has the right to NOT WATCH IT! Also, allow those who understand and can take lightly watch it. The whole reason to have creativity is to push boundaries and redefine ourselves. Some experiments are not easy on our senses. Related to the same, I came across a beautiful quote –
“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen” – Tommy Smothers
You can avoid them, disagree, be angry and shout over the rooftop to register your opinion about them. But, you have no right to censor them, creativity is boundary-less!
One of the most interesting feedback on this issue I heard was “such art will have bad influence on the next generation“. My brain was WTF-ing on this issue. When I see the same people smiling dotingly on their small kids dancing on “Aaj blue hai paani” by Yo Yo Honey singh on that idiot box or see teenagers alongwith the parents around in New years eve dancing to “MANALI TRANCE” in the garden, I feel the true pity on their discriminatory values.
Isn’t Guidance, a core responsibility of the parenting? Rather than blocking the kids or avoiding the topics, better be open to them and TALK! Tell them about why do you think something is wrong or right? Put matters in front of them and discuss… connect with them to learn their thoughts on topics like this.. including “Birds and Bees”. Stop being mindless offence-takers and stop making the next generatopm from being one. Also, agree to disagree…
The final word on this matter is any censorship on art by anyone on anybody other than themselves is wrong. Here is the closing quote to this matter –
“Without free speech no search for truth is possible… no discovery of truth is useful… Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.” – Charles Bradlaugh