The team of AIB has taken down the Roast of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, after protests from political parties like MNS.
The AIB show was a charity stand-up comedy event held in Mumbai in December and was uploaded on Twitter recently. While many have loved the cool quotient of the insult humor several have criticized it for the foul language and sex jokes used on the show.
MNS threatened that if Karan Johar, Ranveer and Arjun did not apologize, they would make sure that their films are banned.
After receiving such political threats, the Maharashtra government will now probe into the matter. Chief minister Devendra Phadnavis said, "If the programme was vulgar and was in violation of law, then action will be taken against the organizers."
But Maharashtra culture minister Vinod Tawde has assured that the state government does not intend do any “moral policing.” “On #AIBRoast, will only enquire if the AIB had taken appropriate certificate. No moral policing.. if they are allowed by law, I can’t stop them,” Tawde tweeted.
Meanwhile the team of AIB has taken down the video from their Youtube channel until further notice. The team posted on Twitter, "@AllIndiaBakchod: Have taken down AIB Knockout for now. We will speak soon."
“Let’s just all take a deep breath. They’re just jokes. Unfunny, crass or whatever you want to call them, they’re still just jokes. The AIB Knockout video has been taken down. While we’d love to claim that it’s because so many people watched it that it broke YouTube, the truth’s a little sadder,” the team said in a statement posted on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
On the other hand, a social media war continues on Twitter. While some have been calling the show 'national shame' others have come out in support and expressed that humor should not be taken so seriously.
New censor board chief, Ashok Pandit made some derogatory statements about Karan Johar, who was the roast master of the show, on Twitter. Pandit later tried to clarify his statements.
It is said that Arjun's uncle Anil Kapoor was offended by the jokes on his family including a dig at Boney Kapoor and Sridevi, and making fun of his accent at the Oscars.
On seeing the protest on social media, Karan wrote. "If its not your cup of tea. Don't drink."
There has also been support for AIB. Chetan Bhagat said, "If they are going to probe AIB roast for abusive language, they will also need to probe every college hostel in this country."
Mahesh Bhatt wrote, "Some "not taking life so seriously" lessons are needed. DESPERATELY!!!!"
Ram Gopal Verma, who is not known to be very fond of Karan Johar has come out to support him. "The AiB show is final proof thy India has finally come of age nd I truly appreciate Karan for taking the plunge or more correctly the leap. The sheer popularity of the AIB also shud b a call to the censor board to wake up smell the coffee nd look out the window at a new IndiaFor me AIB is not a comedy show ..its a k j 's philosophical treatise on uprooting a hypocritical society and to grow an all new one," he wrote on Twitter.
AIB has found its share of supporters and detractors, but does it mean that the the show should be banned? Is this kind of moral policing fair?
Let us know what you think.