I had once read this quote along the lines of “We live in times where we take our comedians seriously and our politicians as a joke.” It is sad, but it is true.
In order to be heard, these days, you have to ensure that either your audience has the same mindset as you, or and speak about things that are likely not going to trigger a special snowflake.
It happens all the time. Every single person has something that triggers their internal snowqueen extrememous.
You make jokes or talk about someone else, you are x, y, and z.
And goodness forbid if you are a girl. The r@pe threats would never end.
And these people get all kinds of support. “HA HA, it is so funny.” and ”I will join you, bro.”
People who don’t support these people got something along the lines of “Teri kyun jal rahi hai?” (Why are you getting jealous?)and “Apne kam se kam rakh!” (Mind your own business).
Stand-up comedian Vir Das once shared his secrets for making jokes.
- Take a fact
- Ask a ridiculous question why
- Give a ridiculous reason why
It is the fact part of this that is getting people off like wedding firecrackers. Loud, and ready to hurt anyone in 2 metre radius.
The problem is, it is normal to be triggered these days. If you don’t get triggered, you’re not ‘aware enough’.
Now, it is not the ‘trigger’ part that I’m annoyed at. It is the ‘when’ and ‘how’ specification of trigger’ that is dangerous to society.
It is not wrong to be triggered when someone says something bad about something you are a self-proclaimed bhakt (devotee) of.
It is not okay to go to the police and report it as a crime.
Or maybe, I am the one wrong about this whole thing.
Maybe, your filing of a report was a joke.
The Cyber Crime department was in on the joke when they went ahead and arrested people for political remarks and jokes, when they are so very busy at all times.
Maybe I am the idiot too triggered over everything.
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Mili is pen name of Ankita Maurya. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics and is currently pursuing her master’s. She is one of those obnoxious people who prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it.