The Vir Das comic clarifies the viral monologue “I come from 2 Indies”
Comedian Vir Das released a statement on Tuesday clarifying that his comments in his monologue “I come from two Indies” were not intended to insult the country.
Mr. Das, who is currently in the United States, posted a video on YouTube on Monday, titled “I come from two Indies”, which was part of his recent performance at the John F Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
In the six-minute video, Mr Das talks about the country’s duality and mentions some of the most current issues India faces, its battle against COVID-19, incidents of rape, crackdown on comedians to farmers’ demonstrations.
A section on Twitter posted excerpts and images from his monologue, particularly the part where the comedian said, “I come from an India where we worship women during the day and violin them collectively at night.”
The 42-year-old took to Twitter and posted a note, saying his intention was to remind people that the country, despite its problems, was “big”.
– Vir Das (@thevirdas) November 16, 2021
“The video is a satire on the duality of two very distinct Indies doing different things. Like any nation has light and darkness, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret. forget that we are great, never stop focusing on what makes us great.
“It ends with a massive round of patriotic applause for a country we all love, believe in and are proud of. That there is more to our country than the headlines, a deep beauty. the purpose of the video and the reason for the applause, ”read his statement.
Mr Das wrote that people are cheering the country on with hope and not “with hate” and called on his supporters not to be misled by edited clips.
“Please don’t be fooled by edited excerpts. People encourage India with hope, not with hatred. People applaud for India with respect, not with nastiness. You can’t sell India. tickets, winning applause or representing a great people with negativity, only with pride I am proud of my country and I carry that pride throughout the world.
“For me, a room full of people all over the world, giving a standing ovation to India is pure love. I ask you, the same thing that I asked this audience… to focus on the light, to remember our greatness and spread love, ”he added.