The Power Of Our ‘Roasted’ Insults

Insulting Comedy
We all swear by the power of laughter, it remedies pain and releases stress, however, what happens when these laughter-inducing comical events turn nasty and ugly?

Of late, the stars of the upcoming movie, ‘Housefull 3’ went on the sets of Comedy Night Bachao as a part of their promotional spree. This show airs on Colors and is infamous for replacing The Comedy Nights With Kapil. However, instead of being in the news for their witty remarks that causes incessant laughter, the show managed to grab the spotlight for succumbing to a demeaning level of comedy.

02There were reports of a scuffle between Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Jadhav on the show. Apparently, the comedian indulged in some racist remarks catering to Lisa Haydon and Jacqueline Fernandes, which were ‘seemingly’ meant to be funny. The comedians decided to ‘roast’ the actor by passing racist and offensice comments about her Australian roots. She was called a kangaroo and a ‘black African’, while Jacqueline Fernandes also faced the heat of this typical roast.

A roast is viable and funny when the individuals consent to the insulting comedy. In the above mentioned scenario, both the actresses being not of Indian origin, and failed to even grasp the meaning of the statements advocated towards them. All this irked Akshay Kumar who stood up for the injustice and demanded the change in scripts.

Aren’t the comedians aware that if there was no consent on the part of the actresses it isn’t a roast anymore, it is sheer bullying? Should we be surprised that for a show that thrives on vulgar and misogynist humour, this was a shocker?

We all were acquainted with the concept of ‘roast’, when Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Karan Johar and all other major comedians decided to pull that kind of show on us. Stars were rebuked, comedians were made fun of, it was an all happy consensual event, which obviously offended the majority of the population. This kind of comedy doesn’t have a lot of fans in our country, as the concept is relatively new.

However, any kind of comedy is good and can be taken in a very hearty manner, the issue arises when the permission isn’t granted to do so. Anything said against the permit has a negative impact and comedy more so. Under the veil of funny remarks, an individual is left flabbergasted due to the insults and is stripped away of the self-esteem.

Kapil Sharma has been in the news for the incessant bullying of his on-screen wife, however he cleared the air stating that it was an act which was performed with the consent of the actor playing his wife, Sumona Chakravarti and we couldn’t agree more. However, such remarks that are directed to demean an individual doesn’t form a grey area in the comical circle, it thrives on bullying and nastiness.

Are we that greedy for TRPs to successfully standardise a typical comedy show? There is a line that shouldn’t be crossed, but apparently under the pretext of debacle of ‘tolerance’ people are forgetting basic human ethics.

Yugansha Malhotra

The Viewspaper