It’s Not A Joke!!!

It can be extremely embarrassing for a nation when people of a respected stature forget to acknowledge the thin line between joke and mockery.

That’s exactly what happened in case of our recently crowned Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar. This beauty with brain’s moment of glory and pride was simply wiped away by some insensitive people who found it perfectly fine to dismiss a ridiculous joke as a light-hearted pun!!

This prioritization of a minor moment of pleasure over the genuine harm it may cause to someone’s self-esteem, is enough to show the level we have stooped to and that some of us have completely lost our moral principles.

At a time when we as a nation should be feeling extremely proud to have received this honor after a 17 year long dry patch, we are instead basking in our own moment of glory, happy to dismiss indirect nasty comments as being humorous.

Research indicates that “humor” is simply a gloss of moral invisibility for statements made in jest but that doesn’t make the statement any less nasty. In fact, the only difference between an insult and a nasty joke seems to lie in their emotional content. While insults are direct and unleash anger, jokes are mostly indirect and release mirth.

However, what people tend to forget is that often these so called “indirect jokes” can come down as direct insults for someone they were not even intended for. Just like it happened in case of Shashi Tharoor who punned on the name “Chhillar” in an attempt to attack Modi over demonetization, but instead ended up provoking outrage on social media by people who thought this to be a ridiculous gesture by someone of his stature.

With more and more people taking to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to suffice their momentary need for attention & pleasure, it is important for people to perceive the full impact of their post before they actually hit the ‘Tweet’ or ‘Post’ button.

Well, this reminds me of a quote I recently read somewhere:

“Maybe if we start telling people the brain is an app they will start using it!!!”

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