At a recent event, Aamir Khan was asked for his opinion about the much controversial #AIBRoast. While many celebrities have spoken up in support of AIB and the roast, Aamir actually strongly condemned it – so much so that he called it violent!
Here are 8 things he said:
1. I have seen clips of it. And the night the Roast happened, Karan Johar and Arjun Kapoor had come and told me about all the jokes etc. I was deeply affected. I was most disappointed in what I was hearing. I completely believe in freedom of speech but we have to understand we all have a certain responsibility.
2. I felt it was a very violent event. Violence is not only physical but also emotional and verbal. When you’re insulting someone, you’re perpetuating violence onto someone. And you’re also showing this off to the world like ‘look! How violent I am!’
3. I’m sure a lot of people have liked the show and we all may have different opinions… we are allowed to have different opinions… But I’ll give you my opinion… I thought it was a very violent show and I didn’t like it.
4. Karan and Arjun are both my friends and I scolded them both saying that I didn’t find it funny. If you think 25 abuses can impress me, then you’re wrong. I’m not 14 anymore; abusive language doesn’t excite me. If you can make me laugh without hurting anyone, that I’ll appreciate. I don’t think jokes about the color of skin or one’s sexuality are funny at all.
5. I personally have a problem with the concept of the show is why I haven’t watched it. Yeh mere type ka show nahi hai, mujhe nahi dekhna.
6. I don’t know if what they’ve done is legally correct or not. I’m not aware about those technicalities. FIRs can be lodged, but it has to be proved also. If they’ve broken the law, they should face the consequences like you and I. If they haven’t broken the law, they should go scott free. That the court will decide.
7. I’ve also seen a lot of AIB shaming and lynching happening publicly. I don’t believe in that either. Who are we to ban anything? If I don’t like something you’ve done, I should communicate it to you in strong and firm words. I can tell them I got very disturbed by what you did… more so, because you did it in public… please don’t do it again. And that’s the extent I can interfere in someone’s life. Who am I to decide how anyone is going to conduct themselves?
8. There should be an age lock at least. When I did Delhi Belly, I applied for an A certificate. I went out of my way during promotions to tell everyone that ours is an adult film, and please don’t come watch it if that’s not your scene. As a creative person, do I have the liberty to express? Yes! But I also have a responsibility.
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