Can We Please Stop the Uncle-isation and Aunty-fication of Everyone?

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Can We Please Stop the Uncle-isation and Aunty-fication of Everyone?

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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f you haven’t watched the video of the dancing professor from Madhya Pradesh, you probably live under a rock or have an Airtel 4G connection. What astonished me the most was not his nimble moves but the promptness with which all of social media adopted him as its uncle. Sure, I thought, young ones could be forgiven, but when I saw people well into their 40s (including a fiery woman journalist whose name means Rain) share “uncle’s” video on Twitter, I finally decided to choke on my aam panna and die.  

On behalf of all the men and women who have been either auntified or uncleised for no fault of their own, I would like to register a protest. Let’s get it clear once and for all – anybody who’s portly, balding, and oldish-looking is not your uncle. Especially when they are rank strangers who had no role to play in your growing-up years. So if you have outgrown Chhota Bheem and are no longer getting thwacked by your mommy for losing her precious Tupperware tiffin box yet again, your auntifying and uncleising rights have been revoked.

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