With the Bengaluru riots having made the news nationally, many Twitter users attacked stand-up comedians and questioned their silence over the issue.
Three people have been killed in the police firing in Bengaluru where violent riots took place over a Facebook post that was allegedly derogatory against Prophet Muhammad. The riots had over 60 police personnel injured and some of the journalists were also attacked. The Bengaluru City Police has taken over 100 people into custody in relation to the riots that happened in the East Bengaluru region. As the news traveled, many leaders across political parties have appealed to the citizens to maintain peace and do away with violence.
Twitter Questions Hypocrisy
However, Twitter was swift enough to question the stand-up comedians for their silence over the issue and also asked whether the silence is because of a particular religion. The stand-up comedians in the country have been asking for liberal free speech whenever they have been attacked for a joke on the Hindu community. The Twitter pointed out the hypocrisy of the stand-up comedians for not talking against the Muslim community for attacking for a Facebook post.
Earlier, Vir Das was questioned for not making jokes on any other community other than the Hindu community.
Ek baar Izlam aur Pròphet pe comedy karke dikha de
Vir alag aur Das alag hojaayega
Hai Dum 🤔
Open challenge chal Comedian kya bolta hai ? https://t.co/mXB1yRs3M3
— Ramesh Solanki (@Rajput_Ramesh) June 2, 2020
Earlier last year, comedian Kunal Kamra had deactivated his account after a user pointed out jokes on the Muslim community on his handle.
Look at the pathetic religious hatred and abuse Kunal Kamra @kunalkamra88 was preaching in the name of new age comedy. Gutter level communal psycho and a bigot. Are these tweets funny? #EpicFail pic.twitter.com/NSVQcLqNrX
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) January 15, 2018
Here’s how Twitter reacted.
— Manish Mundra (@ManMundra) August 11, 2020
Now so called #StandUpComedians will not say anything.
It's simple because they want to live.#Banglore @nehaltyagi08 @AsYouNotWish @Voice_For_India @TarekFatah @arifaajakia @priyankadeo @dharmicverangna @DrAmbardar @gunjakapoor https://t.co/1zZsCehEKg
— Abhinav Rana अभिनव राणा🇮🇳 (@Rana1abhi) August 11, 2020
— Gautam Aggarwal (@gauaggbjp) August 11, 2020
Thats why they dont joke on them. #banglore
— kriti chitranshi (@kritichitranshi) August 12, 2020
— Sparsh Nitin (@SparshNitin) August 12, 2020
Well well well.. We have taken them seriously and that is d on them joke/pun/parody divorced off any satire. Straight bullseye for #StandUpComedians #Facebookposts #LinkedInPosts #India https://t.co/UxU31AqbGK
— PraSpeaksAgain (@AgainPra) August 11, 2020
Wonder why #StandupComedians (who I like to call spineless hypocrites) in India don’t crack jokes on [email protected]? Clearly, they know what the will happen do to them if they do so. And then these shameless & humourless idiots have the audacity to lecture us on tolerance #BangloreRiots https://t.co/FfTzkYXIHi
— Sagar Garg (@SagarLomdi) August 12, 2020