Trending this week: Tharoor’s outlook on the Tanmay’s snapchat controversy

Tanmay Bhat, Shashi Tharoor
Tanmay Bhat, Shashi Tharoor

Tanmay Bhat’s Snapchat post, where he poked fun at two of India’s most beloved celebrities, Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar, had given birth to a heated, ongoing national debate on whether or not legends should or rather “can” be joked about?

Congress MP and former diplomat, Shashi Tharoor, shared his perspective on the subject.

He posted on his Facebook wall, that “What is important to me is to uphold the freedom of expression and the rights of comedians to make jokes, however tasteless”.

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Further backing his statement, he added, “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.”

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To the argument of not making jokes about honorary legends, Tharoor responded, “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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