While Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have been in favour of humour in public life, many past incidents have showed that his fans and followers are not the ones to take jokes in their stride.
When it comes to cracking jokes on Modi or even criticising his decisions and moves, it is a known fact that the BJP trolls come crashing down on people. And the latest victims are All India Bakchod.
The photo of a Narendra Modi lookalike was doing the rounds of social media, and while everyone was making fun of it, they also put out a tweet with the photo of the doppleganger and that of Modi with the Snapchat dog filter. And of course it did not go down well. But when they deleted the tweet, Congress leaders joined the bandwagon of trolls going at AIB.
Publicity theek hai yaar, lage haath thode nationalist sentiments aur hurt kar lo cuz Modi goes hand in hand. Magar joke to dhang ka ho! pic.twitter.com/sLSo4EyMHy— A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) July 13, 2017
Stand up comics can't really make funny jokes, so they make such memes to shock.— Songbird (@oxymoronic_me) July 13, 2017
It's simply a personal jab.— A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) July 13, 2017
Tanmay Bhat & Rohan Joshi are ppl who will put dog filter on PM Modi's pic at night and wake up shouting no freedom of expression in India.— Startup of Cards (@BhargavPurohit) July 13, 2017
After this people associated with the Congress also took digs at AIB for deleting the tweet about the doppelganger.
Here's what they had to say:
Now AIB should just stick to making anti-Congress sketches which they did with much pride during our regime, ab woh FOE yaad nahi!— Angellica Aribam (@AngellicAribam) July 13, 2017
However AIB's Tanmay Bhat and Rohan Joshi were not going to take it lying down:
Congress leaders and BJP trolls both getting mad over a goddamn silly snapchat filter meme smh— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
Have some fucking shame. I get BJP trolls, they've got no better work. You guys are a part of the party.— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
You actually hold some responsibility. Waking up in the morning and trying to shame some comedians for deleting a meme. Ispe utar gaye ho.— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
And it did not stop there:
Why should congress be the only people who made their money while they can ;) https://t.co/wdrc99eKfN— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
Terrible comeback. 1) Admits to being silenced for money— Angellica Aribam (@AngellicAribam) July 13, 2017
2) Shows ignorance of the term "notional" https://t.co/SKAyc1z8Mf
Angelica take this somewhere else. Yes, I am being silenced "for money". Geez, kya batau ab.— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
Become a household name, spend 1 cr plus on existing cases, phir gyaan dena, thanks :)— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 12, 2017
Both figurative uses of the terms. Did Rahul tutor you? https://t.co/GF2BevVxsU— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
Asking a woman who can stand on her own right if the male leader tutored her. Add sexism to cowardice.— Varun Santhosh (@santvarun) July 13, 2017
Yes coz Rahul can afford to do NOTHING and still be propped up for PM. That's why he has no fear. https://t.co/3yuU9DiAQB— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
While another Congress guy assured AIB that they would never be hounded if they were to troll Congress leaders, Rohan Joshi stepped in to take a dig at them.
Nevertheless, you guys at @AllIndiaBakchod can make as many jokes on Congress, now & in future and be assured, you'll never be hounded. ✌️— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) July 13, 2017
Tell that to all the people you hounded with 66A https://t.co/kktcrwvcrA— Rohan (@mojorojo) July 13, 2017
"KNOWINGLY IGNORING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG" are literally the words of House Congress. That and "Mama please!" So STFU https://t.co/6Ddyt3ojuu— Rohan (@mojorojo) July 13, 2017
Literally the only reason we're stuck with a scary government is because your party shit the bed so hard there's skidmarks on the ceiling https://t.co/6Ddyt3ojuu— Rohan (@mojorojo) July 13, 2017
The only false equivalence here is equating the Congress with competence of any sort. https://t.co/5XfLbZJaN8— Rohan (@mojorojo) July 13, 2017
However at the end of it all, Tanmay Bhat left us with a quote from PM Modi:
This isn't the first time that the group of comedians have gotten into trouble. They have had to take down and apologise to people on other occasions.
In 2015, the AIB had to take down their expletive-laden roast video and even apologise to the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Christian community for hurting religious sentiments. They had created a huge uproar with the video because it had apparently hurt many peoples sensibilities.
AIB is perhaps one of the first groups of comedians who shot to fame and became instant hits on YouTube. Started by Gursimran Khamba and Tanmay Bhat, Ashish Shakya and Rohan Joshi joined the group later.
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