"making a mockery of our nation"
Kangana Ranaut has continued to criticise Indian comedian Vir Das, calling him a “creepy Indian man”.
The comedian has received a lot of attention following his monologue, titled I Come from Two Indias.
It was part of his performance at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.
In the six-minute monologue, Vir covered issues ranging from the farmers’ protests and Covid-19 to the petrol price hike.
Vir had said: “I come from an India where we bleed blue every time we play green but every time we lose to green we turn orange all of a sudden.
“I come from an India where children in masks hold hands with each other and yet, I come from an India where leaders hug each other without masks.”
This was in reference to India’s rivalry with Pakistan on and off the cricket field.
“I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang-rape them during the night.
“I come from an India where journalism is supposedly dead because men in fancy studios, in fancy suits, give each other handjobs and yet women on road with laptops are telling the truth.”
While many praised Vir for his “honesty”, others accused him of “anti-India propaganda under the garb of comedy”.
One person said: “Imagine any foreign comedian saying stuff like these in India.
“Show some responsibility, making a mockery of our nation in front of people who don’t even care.
“Btw Vir Das, are you even a comedian?”
Vir Das goes to the USA and says this to a packed Kennedy Center.
These are the "influencers" of our country who continue to perpetuate the "snake charmer" idea of India to the world! pic.twitter.com/OaFNsZynRC
— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) November 16, 2021
Hindu right-wing activists also accused him of defaming his country.
Outspoken Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut criticised the video and called for action to be taken against Vir.
She had said: “When you generalise all Indian men as gang-rapists it gives rise and encouragement to racism and bullying against Indians all over the world.
“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 Vir Das.”
Kangana continued to slam Vir, taking one of his old tweets and calling him a “creepy Indian man”.
She said: “Example of creepy Indian man, who is good for nothing so he sells his sleaze for a living to equally creepy and sexist-racist audience.”
After receiving criticism for his video, Vir said in a statement:
“There has been a sizeable reaction to a video I posted on YouTube.
“The video is a satire about the duality of two very separate India’s that do different things.
“Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret.
“The video appeals for us to never forget that we are great.
“To never stop focusing on what makes us 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.
“People cheer for India with hope, not hate. People clap for India with respect, not malice.
“You cannot sell tickets, earn applause, or represent great people with negativity, only with pride.
“I take pride in my country, and I carry that pride across the world. To me, a room full of people anywhere in the world, giving India an ovation is pure love.”