[ View the story "India's 'blame the victim' satire goes viral" on Storify] India's 'blame the victim' satire goes viral Bollywood actresses use comedy to skewer those who blame women for rape.
The Stream· Fri, Sep 20 2013 13:28:56
All India Bakchod co-founder Gursimran Khamba
spoke to The Stream about using comedy to attack rape culture in India and the response online to the video.
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Many viewers applauded the video's approach.
A response to the stupid comments that inevitably follow sexual assault in India:
This is phenomenal! If black humor is supposed to do anything at all, this is it. Seriously, I think this should be made in all regional languages and shown on TV, because literally everyone should watch and understand this. This video will make more of a dent than a thousand lectures and sermons.Shantanu Khandkar
Many took the opportunity to point out how frequently "blaming the victim" occurs in discussions about rape.
People who blame victims are not in general well educated, but they nevertheless are influential public figures - religious leaders, film stars,etc. They are the biggest enemies of women as issues like bringing up boys the proper way do not get across. In general, the repression of sexual freedom in India is a major problem that needs to be addressed.Borne Globaal
wow such a powerful video and so very moving....unless we the youth change things, it is perfectly okay to critisize 'indian culture' (which seems to have peeved many here). People define the culture. And we the youth have to take it back from the current misogynists. Irrespective of the language, the message counts but I do hope such a video is made in multiple languages to increase its reach. nikiceg
Others found the message of the video less effective and debated its methods.
Right after watching : Admiration at how this sends out a strong message.Moments later : Depressed as to till when will this go on.Avneet Sapehia
@thetanmay Also, please make a Hindi version as well. Sarcasm might cut through to more people.Preeti Vangani
Yes, it's a great but unfortunately, you can't teach those who don't want to learn. And it is true that it's easy to find people(even girls) who blame girls for being raped for same excuses this video descrbies.Yogesh Kumar
Great now you have turned rape in to a joke. I am against rape and for respect and protection of women. Once you reduce a serious problem in society to joke be assured that you will not get any serious response from anybodysreekanthbhagavatula
@tetisheri @stupidusmaximus While I appreciate the effort, I'm worried that there are those low IQ people who might take this literally?Shruti Rao
Perfectly done. It does reach a target audience. You wouldn't believe the number of well educated, high income, high strata of society people who genuinely blame crap like the clothing.90% of rapes are caused in rural areas, clearly because the women in villages strut around Victoria's Secret.musclev81
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