Saturday, 16 August 2014

No jokes please: Is Jaya being ‘extra sensitive’?

Jaya raises question, Javadekar 'looking into it'

Mantriji se poochna chahti hoon, kya aap jaante hain private radio ke joh jockeys hain kis tarah ke languages use karte hain, kis tarah ke jokes use karte hain, they are absolutely objectionable, they are very bad and latest is they have started giving the news of parliament. And they have started mimicking a lot of parliamentarians who have spoken. So, are you going to do something about it because this is really not palatable?"

Jaya Bachchan in Parliament

Regarding commentary, what she (Bachchan) has said is absolutely serious and we have an Electronic Media Monitoring Centre, which is monitoring this. We are contemplating how to rectify this rising trend after monitoring the reports at the earliest

Prakash Javadekar in Parliament

Today Jayaji and other MPs raised objections on vulgarity and double meaning jokes by RJs. I said "we'll look into it."

Javadekar on twitter

I&B minister Prakash Javadekar got away with a non-committal (in hindsight) 'We'll look into it' after Jaya Bachchan objected to MPs being the butt of RJs' jokes, but others were more opinionated, with #NoJokesPlease trending soon after.

Papa CJ: RJs' jokes bigger issue than poverty, malnutrition?

I agree with Jaya Bachchan. Jokes about politicians are not palatable. But I want to know what is - poverty, malnutrition, corruption or the fact that our elected representatives spend time in parliament discussing what jokes RJs should crack instead of dealing with real issues that affect the lives of millions of people in this country. Because frankly, in my book, that is a little less palatable to me.

Laught it off if it's in good humour: JavedAkhtar

Rajya Sabha member and lyricist Javed Akhtar reportedly said, "As long as it is not vulgar, it is not crude, it is not insulting anybody, one should not be extra sensitive about this thing. If it is funny, if it is in good humour then one should laugh it off."

You cannot kill an entire medium for its humour, satire

Tapas Sen, chief programming officer of Radio Mirchi, said, "There is a difference between insulting or demeaning someone and using humour, spoof and satire - 'making fun' is different from 'insulting'. When you spoof on it, you are being satirical. It's part of politics and democracy. We of course - Mirchi as a brand - do not subscribe to anything that's below the belt, demeaning or insulting. We like good humour, satire, spoof, but never anything to do with double meaning or something that would insult someone else. Freedom of expression has to be viewed in a mature way. And therefore, whenever the authorities take any step towards such a thing, we would always encourage self-regulation.

I think India is almost a nation without a sense of humour. I think we are losing our basic sense of humour. If you do this (take action against RJs' jokes), it will only impact the sense of healthy humour and fun in media which everybody wants, and which there is nothing wrong with as long as we respect our boundaries. The Mirchi brand of humour is, if we are cracking a joke on you, you can also laugh. That's the true test of humour. If you are hurt, if it makes you feel smaller, that's not good humour."

Twitter takes on Jaya



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