On the internet and particularly on social media, the air is thick with allegations of gender-related crimes against the entire star cast of India’s liberal comedians. Some of them were outright predators, sending d*ck pics to women, including minor girls, over the internet. Almost everyone who is an insider on the circuit admits that they knew about these allegations for a long time and knew that they were quite credible. And that they went on collaborating with as well as promoting these people.
What a coincidence that all the predators and their enablers have decided to “think” and “learn” at the exact moment when the dirt has come out in the open.
Not surprisingly, the larger liberal left, including outspoken, placard-carrying liberal women, have decided that not just the specific predators but the entire race of men (whatever that means) are collectively to be blamed for the situation. This after spending the last four years of their lives holding Modi personally accountable for any abusive tweet against any woman by any person who may have ever expressed a pro-BJP view.
For liberals, it is time to spread the blame instead of concentrating all of it against one man. The more they spread it out, the thinner it is supposed to get. Perhaps an inter-continental task force needs to be formed to make sure that the focus of blame is shifted away from the small gang of left-wing comedians?
Yet other liberals wanted to “understand” these predators rather than punish them. Of course, I think these people just want to rationalize the behaviour of their friends, but let’s indulge them anyway. Let us explain to these liberals how their “woke” icons got to be this way.
Remember how the victim told her story to anyone who would listen:
See there? The same anguish that you can read in the words of the women who are now coming out and telling their stories of being sexually harassed by the “woke” comedians of the left.
And he told her to get lost, to get psychiatric help. As she says, the entire JNU community ganged up against her.
Don’t forget that her accusation was backed by solid corroborative evidence; the formal inquiry at JNU had found Kanhaiya guilty of misbehaving with her and fined him Rs 3000. This happened long before anybody outside JNU knew who Kanhaiya was.
At that time, liberals didn’t care. What mattered to them was that they had found an articulate rabble-rousing voice against the Modi government. They had no qualms about making him a big hero. They gushed towards him with tributes. All sense of right and wrong was sacrificed at the altar of their compulsive need to hate Modi.
Remember that this is the media environment in which the celebrated left-wing comedians of today grew up. In fact, the whole JNU fracas around Kanhaiya Kumar was sort of a debut for the “cool” young radical leftist on the Indian social media scene. This was just the time that avenues were opening up for social media stars to begin making some real-world money.
The leftist comedians we see today latched on to the opportunity. The media said being anti-national was cool. These unimaginative, untalented “performers”, who had to rely on child rape jokes back in the day, decided to board the liberal ship. No wonder that they also imbibed the belief among leftists of the day that it was okay for Kanhaiya to expose himself before a woman and misbehave with her. Kanhaiya has remained a pied piper for anti-national “coolness” to this day. Journalists are still beating a path to his door, hanging on to his every word, worshipping the ground he walks on. Every other day there is an editorial in major newspapers talking about how India needs “youth leaders” like him. And there are multiple reports that he might be contesting the next Lok Sabha election.
His uncouth, unbecoming, harassing, menacing ways became a celebrated symbol of “Azaadi”.
For the wannabe “woke” comedians, the message was clear. Trampling over women didn’t matter as long as you became a star of cool and hip anti-Modi “dissent.”
This is the entitlement mentality behind sending unsolicited d*ck pics and demanding nude pics from women, including minor girls.
Case after case tumbled out of budding young liberal stars who were acting as sexual predators. In each case, nothing happened to them. Often times, the publicity even gave a boost to their careers.
Of course, the predators noticed. They noticed that being anti-Modi was a magic armour which would excuse all possible crimes. Their friends on the liberal circuit were happy to promote them as well because the ends always justified the means.
Make no mistake, there is not one liberal who is actually ashamed today about what was happening on the left wing scene until the moment they all got caught. They are just waiting for people to forget about the matter so that they can return to business as usual.
Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or not be an Assistant Professor at IISc Bangalore.