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‘Your parents are wrong’: Mumbai boy’s viral post gives food for much thought

The post was inspired by his conversation with his mother a few years ago, who had asked him, "You aren't gay right?"

By: Express Web Desk |
June 15, 2016 4:01:59 pm
Dhruv Deshpande's post goes viral/ Facebook Dhruv Deshpande’s post goes viral/ Facebook

You might have seen Dhruv Deshpande’s name pop-up on your newsfeed recently. This was thanks to his Facebook post talking about how you should question your parents and not quietly submit to their opinion as a mark of respect. Deshpande says, “As a youngster, the biggest service you can do to society is telling YOUR parents they’re wrong. And man our parents are wrong. They’re wrong a lot.”

The post was inspired by his conversation with his mother a few years ago, who had asked him, “You aren’t gay right?” The Mumbai-based comedian, who appeared on the TV show Challenge Accepted, was stunned by her question. “What if I was?” he questioned to bring home the point that kids must question their parents on issues that make them “socially irrelevant”.

“My parents have taught me a lot. They’ve encouraged and inspired me endlessly, and surely are the coolest parents I know, but the most important thing they’ve taught me is to question authority, even theirs,” he writes.

But there is no denying the fact that the comedian went a little overboard with generalisation. He writes, “Today, the biggest propagators of the notion of rape culture, caste system, racism, islamophobia, homophobia etc are your parents generation, however latent it may be,” which does not hold true for the ‘entire’ generation. Of course, there are parents – albeit a small percentage – who teach their children not to be homophobic or racist and accept their child’s sexual orientation as it is.

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Also, “wrinkled lovable bigot”. Really?

Read his full post here.

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