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What Shashi Tharoor has to say about Tanmay Bhat’s Snapchat video

Shashi Tharoor shared what he thinks about the situation and his view resonates with many.

By: Express Web Desk |
June 3, 2016 3:06:58 pm

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Tanmay Bhat’s controversy around the Snapchat video doesn’t seem to die down. The entire fiasco has even caught the attention of the international media. Tanmay uploaded the video titled ‘Sachin vs Lata Civil Wars’ a few days ago which has now snowballed into a national debate on whether legends should be joked about or not.

Talking about the same, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor shared what he thinks about the situation and his view resonates with many.

“What is important to me is to uphold the freedom of expression and the rights of comedians to make jokes, however tasteless,” he writes in a Facebook post which has gone viral.

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Tharoor, who hasn’t watched the video and doesn’t intend to, says that a person has a right to be obnoxious and cracking bad jokes is certainly not against the law.

“Of course some things are against the law — communal incitement and hate speeches should be rightfully penalised — but cracking a bad joke is not against the law; it is bad taste at the most,” he adds.

One argument that many have put forth while debating the issue is that legends like Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar must not be joked about.

Responding to this, Tharoor writes, “To categorise people on the basis of who we can or cannot joke about is also ridiculous. We have always been open to laughing at those we revere. Let’s not deify human beings as being above and beyond criticism, cartoons or jokes.”

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