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Social media users show the mirror to Comedian Vir Das

If you’ve been on Twitter from before 2014, you’d have known most of the current lot of standup comics as regular people who would occasionally tweet funny tweets. Of course, with time, the Indian standup comedy scene, which initially relied heavily on gender stereotyping and sexism, are now portraying themselves to be gender sensitive, responsible influential personalities who should not be cracking politically incorrect, offensive jokes.

Recently, standup comedy in India has become a tool for political propaganda, which is evident from a cursory glance at their tweets. Yesterday, comedian Vir Das tweeted how standup comedy is about taking a dig at the ruling party and how they have always taken on the Congress when it was in power, but Congress supporters hardly ever ‘abused’ them for their political viewpoints.

Twitter users, who have perfected the art of calling out hypocrisy, got to work and pointed out how Das, and other comedians for that matter, never quite were as aggressively critical as they have been of the Modi government. In fact, not only were they soft on them, they were even all praises for the previous government at times.

If this was sarcasm, it clearly didn’t shine through. And perhaps what was more tragic, is that after having declared that he is an equal opportunity offender, he was singing praises of a Government that has proven to be the most corrupt government in India.

Earlier, too, Twitter users had ripped him apart for asking stupid questions after doubling up as economic and policy watchdog.

As a wise person once said, anyone can be a comedian. Being funny is much harder.

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