By Arré Bench Jul. 15, 2020
Cracking jokes has become a risky business. A few days after Agrima Joshua was given rape threats for an old video, vicious online trolls have now started targeting other comedians. Rohan Joshi has apologised and deactivated his social media accounts, stating that his family is being harassed, while Sahil Shah has issued a video apology.
Cracking jokes has become a risky business. One would think that the consequences for narrating jokes into a microphone might be a few laughs. But rape threats, physical intimidation and online bullying have become the new norm. It started with Agrima Joshua, who was hounded for “offending sentiments”, for an act that was more than a year old.
Since then, online trolls have gone into overdrive, scanning old clips from all comics and launching targeted online attacks on them. Any stand-up bits, with references to historical figures or religion are being dug out and widely shared to point out how these comics are “anti Hindu”. Videos have been made to abuse them, and in the case of Rohan Joshi, his phone number and address were leaked, because of which he had to deactivate his social media accounts.