UN en­voy Lilly Singh calls on In­dia to show comic tol­er­ance

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New Delhi, In­dia - Comic and UN am­bas­sador Lilly Singh has called on the In­dian gov­ern­ment to be more tol­er­ant of satire af­ter a pop­u­lar com­edy group was slapped with crim­i­nal charges over al­le­ga­tions that they in­sulted Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

“If you watch some­thing and it makes you laugh, great. If it doesn’t, that com­edy isn’t wrong. It’s just not suit­able for you,” the Cana­dian In­ter­net sen­sa­tion re­cently told AFP on the side­lines of a trip to New Delhi as the Unicef Global Good­will Am­bas­sador.

Last week In­dian com­edy group AIB were put un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for defama­tion and pub­lish­ing ob­scene ma­te­rial on­line af­ter a so­cial me­dia post pok­ing fun at Modi.

The troupe posted a pho­to­graph of a Modi look-alike along­side an im­age of the real Prime Min­is­ter’s face su­per­im­posed with a dog’s fea­tures us­ing a Snapchat fil­ter. The post went vi­ral, but sparked a back­lash from Modi sup­port­ers. AIB later deleted the post.

“Com­edy is very sub­jec­tive... and the best thing you can do is pro­mote what you love, don’t bash what you hate,” said Singh, who met stu­dents in the In­dian cap­i­tal and in Mad­hya Pradesh state as a UNICEF am­bas­sador.

“Com­edy is the best way to ex­press views.”

The child of In­dian mi­grants, Singh has over 11mn YouTube fol­low­ers and is one of the chan- nel’s big­gest earn­ers.

The 28 year old has made her name with video rants, mak­ing fun of imag­i­nary Pun­jabi par­ents and anti-sex­ism sketches.

In 2015 AIB fell foul of au­thor­i­ties when they were at the cen­tre of an ob­scen­ity in­ves­ti­ga­tion over some ex­plicit jokes in a com­edy ‘roast’ show fea­tur­ing sev­eral Bol­ly­wood stars.


New Unicef Global Good­will Am­bas­sador Lilly Singh speaks at a press con­fer­ence in New Delhi on July 15

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