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Freedom of expression

Students of a university receive a threatening letter from hackers. A planned stand up comedy by "Guptha" should be cancelled. If not all their emails will be made public.

Students being students, do not agree to this. They take it as a challenge. Agreed this Guptha is very racist and his program will be filled with racist comments on blacks and jews. Though these students are against Guptha, they are more for freedom of speech.

They plan to hold the event at any cost. And of course all their mails are made public by the hackers. And the precious comedy event gets only one audience. And of course, Guptha makes fun of this only audience and brings tears to his eyes.

This was one of the episodes of  "Community". So the students there, like the students here felt azadi is very important. But unlike here, there in the TV serial, the students were not arrested on sedition charges.

Again, I am confused here. Guptha whose freedom of expression, the students so righteously protected tells the fat person "You would not have been fat if you were black. Because your people would have stolen from you. You would not have been fat if you were a jew, because no one buys anything". Making racial comments like that, which hurts the feelings of another person - how is that covered in freedom of expression.

If you remember, Kalaburgi - the murdered writer from Karnataka, had supposedly written a book hurting the sentiments of Lingayat community.

But if you start worrying about whose feelings you may hurt, you will never be able to write anything at all.

This freedom of expression is surely complicated. 


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