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April 15, 2008

Mallu channel racism

Filed under: life — Cris @ 13:38
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Time for another reality write-up! This time its not about what I think of life, rather its about what I see. This is a result of watching one of those reality shows in TV. A Mallu channel had one of them aired yesterday with a celebrity guest as one of the judges. What took my attention was a comment made by this person.

The contestant had just given a performance and she played a servant girl. The aforesaid judge started off making comments about her style, performance and then came to the sensitive topic – her looks. Apparently the judge thought the contestant had to make herself look darker cause she was too good looking to play a servant girl – too high-caste looking to be playing with a broom. If this was meant to be funny, I don’t feel racism is a topic anyone should joke about. I felt disgusted, and stopped watching the program. I wished someone responded to that remark and didn’t let it pass off for a casual everyday thing people said to each other.

Hours later I still felt my blood boiling. The matter was not as serious as people showing outright indifference and cruelties to display before the whole world to watch. But this was being aired on TV and watched by one and all and given the effect of a small laughing matter. I began wondering what I’d have done if I were present there. I should have liked to raise my hand to tell what I thought. To ask why she felt fair women were disqualified to be servants. To question every word of that line with clenched teeth and stiff cheek bones. Well they wouldn’t probably air my interruption however real the reality show was. And possibly I would be chucked out. I do not want to believe we live in an unfair world. But I realize I am not completely successful in being a non-hating, love-all, peace maker I want to make myself be. It would take all the racists in this world to completely have their innermost racist bone removed if I should come anywhere close to being that.

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8 Comments »

  1. Dont watch these programs. there are enough proofs that the reality shows decide their winners even before first episodes are telecast. these are just a way of cheating audience and makin money. Read a book instead

    Comment by Prem — April 15, 2008 @ 21:44 | Reply

  2. you know I would have argued its still entertainment sometime back. But I tend to agree with you being a few reality-shows-experienced now

    Comment by Cris — April 15, 2008 @ 21:52 | Reply

  3. Not surprising…sometimes I feel we Indians are the most racist, most casteist people in the world.

    Comment by nithin — April 16, 2008 @ 02:37 | Reply

  4. prolly someone did comment about it after u switched off the television :p

    Jokes apart, even i agree with what u have said.

    Comment by rose — April 16, 2008 @ 07:49 | Reply

  5. My maid is fairer than mE ! :O
    I think i have only one good habit.. I dont watch Tv! 🙂

    Comment by Srijith — April 16, 2008 @ 11:52 | Reply

  6. I did not quite understand that last part. You are sure that you will not quite come close to being a non-racist?
    As an aside you should have some comment-subscribe feature that would let users know when somebody replies to their comments. I am sure that wordpress would have one like that.

    Comment by Anoop John — April 18, 2008 @ 02:01 | Reply

  7. These were my last 2 lines.
    “But I realize I am not completely successful in being a non-hating, love-all, peace maker I want to make myself be. It would take all the racists in this world to completely have their innermost racist bone removed if I should come anywhere close to being that.”

    I meant I could never be a love-all peace maker unless racism was totally removed frm this world. This post, unlike most of my others, was written on a serious note 🙂
    And yeah I will see if I can find a send-alert option when new comments are made on a post you commented on. I didnt see any when I checked now. Thanks for the feedback though!

    Comment by Cris — April 18, 2008 @ 04:09 | Reply

  8. The working class(in the best sense) are always a bit tanned. May be that is what the Judge tried to point at..

    ‘ But I realize I am not completely successful in being a non-hating, love-all, peace maker I want to make myself be”

    Hate the people who deserves it, the try to love them may result in making yourself hurt.

    Comment by Javed Miandad — January 22, 2012 @ 03:29 | Reply


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