Stand-up comedian, actor Vir Das recently performed at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, a part of which he shared on YouTube. The viral video titled, ‘I come from two Indias’ has got a lot of criticism online from viewers including actress Kangana Ranaut.
Ranaut called Das a ‘creepy Indian man’ and dug out one of his old tweets to share on Instagram. Sharing the tweet, Kangana wrote, “Example of creepy Indian man, who is good for nothing so he sells his sleaze for a living to the equally creepy and sexist-racist audience.”
Earlier, Kangana has also criticized Vir’s viral video, where Vir said that Indian men worship women during the day and gang rape them during the night, Ranaut called for quick action against the stand-up comedian for his comments.
Kangana stated that when all Indian men are generalized as gang rapists, it promulgates racism and bullying against Indians all over the world. She added Winston Churchill’s quote to strengthen her stance. She wrote, after Bengal Famine Churchill famously said, ‘These Indians breed like rabbits they are bound to die like this…’ he blamed Indians’ sex drive/fertility for the death of millions because of hunger… Such creative work targeting an entire race is soft terrorism… strict actions must be taken against such criminals @virdas.”
After getting backlashes online, Vir has released a statement online. He wrote that his video has received a lot of reaction, and it is a satire about the duality of two separate versions of India. “Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret,” he explained.
He further appealed that keeping in mind that India is a great country one should not forget what makes the country great. “It ends in a gigantic patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, believe in and are proud of. That there is more to our country than the headlines, a deep beauty. THAT’S the point of the video and the reason for the applause,” the statement read.
The comedian also pointed out that people cheer for India with hope, not hate. People clap with respect and not malice. He added that one cannot sell tickets and earn applause on the grounds of negativity. He said that he takes a lot of pride in his country and carries that pride all over the world. “To me, a room full of people anywhere in the world, giving India an ovation is pure love,” he wrote.