All India Bakchod Gives A Kickass Response To The Offended!

25BLINK_ALL_INDIA__1732387gHere’s the, now viral, response by AIB to those who were offended.

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to death my right to get offended. How dare you? Baahar mil.” – Desi Voltaire

Dear everyone,

Let’s just all take a deep breath. They’re just jokes. Unfunny, crass or whatever you want to call them, they’re still just jokes. The AIB Knockout video has been taken down. While we’d love to claim that it’s because so many people watched it that it broke YouTube, the truth’s a little sadder.

First things first; no one person or force forced us to take this video down. This is not something that’s happened because of a 3 am phonecall or a morcha at our front door or a gunman on a grassy knoll. Under the circumstances, this is us being pragmatic. Allow us to explain.

People who’ve been following our work will know that we’ve always tried to experiment with content be it on Youtube or a live comedy show, with the sole intent of making people laugh and/or think. AIB Knockout was another such attempt to try something new and bring the roast format to a country where celebrities aren’t often known to laugh at themselves. To our pleasant surprise, we managed to bring together consenting adults who were willing to be made fun of by other consenting adults in a crowd full of (wait for it) consenting adults. And if we’re honest, it was a phenomenally entertaining evening. Were the jokes repetitive? Crass? It didn’t matter because they happened in the spirit of irony and good humour. It was just liberating to be able to say those things, things that people have thought in one form or another privately for years. A lot of the laughter that night came from that spirit (there’s your answer, people who wondered why everyone was laughing at terrible jokes).

The video came with a clear disclaimer with several age and content warnings. No one was forced to watch it, we didn’t buy airtime on every single TV channel on Earth to broadcast it. YouTube videos do not magically auto-play in front of you. And yet the videos got over 8 million views. Far more importantly, on the video page, the people who liked them outnumbered the people who disliked them by ten times to one. Yes, ten times.

The format was the same as any international roast i.e. insult comedy, delivered in the form of one-liners designed to be as rude as possible. It is performed with the understanding that none of the material is to be taken seriously—none of the performers actually mean the “offensive” things they say to each other on the night. We clarify this simply to provide context.

With the Knockout, in our own juvenile, idiotic way, we wanted to push the envelope of comedy in this country. But then the envelope pushed back. Things got to a point where people who have supported us, people who work hard to make what we do come to life, were put in a position where things could get deeply unpleasant for them. And that’s a problem. We can live with abuse, hate, anger, fury, rage, ignorance, bigotry and perhaps even bullying. But we don’t want anybody to get hurt because of us. And we do mean anybody.

We hope it’s clear by now that we never write with the aim of hurting people. That’s not our goal and we daresay that no comedian ever does that. We don’t go to work and say, “Hmm, let’s offend XYZ people from XYZ community today.” If we really wanted to piss off people and hurt them, we’d be selling credit cards over the phone.

Our job is to raid the newspapers, pop culture and life for observations and analogies and it’s okay if you think we’re juvenile or unfunny. We respect arguments that are critical, and as for the arguments we don’t, we respect your right to make them without impediment. It is a courtesy we wish worked both ways.

Over the last few days, we’ve found ourselves subject to more scrutiny, judgment and opinion than we’re worth. This Knockout shouldn’t matter. In a secure culture it wouldn’t matter.

We’re lucky to have support pouring in from all quarters. First up, from our fans, just the greatest people in the world, who have nothing but good cheer and encouragement and positive thoughts. We were pleasantly surprised that people in power who we have made fun of in the past, including people from both the so-called right wing and left-wing, went out of their way to convey support to us. It was fantastic to know that they stand for free speech as much as us. Friends in the media have told us to stay our course, pledging their support for our right to say anything, no matter how ridiculous. Thank you to anyone who has stated in the last few days that we have the right to say what we want, not as comedians but more importantly as citizens of this country.

There’s a larger cultural conversation going on here, where we’re at the very edges of what it’s okay to say. And it’s a conversation we need to have now because the world we live in is entirely too complicated to be run by silences. We still stand by our belief in the right to absolute freedom of expression for us and for anyone who has anything to say about anything at all. We hope to be part of an environment that supports that sort of expression without fear of persecution, intimidation and most importantly, annoyance. As always, in our own AIB way we’ll continue to strive towards creating that very environment.

In the meantime, we’d like to say thank you to our fans and everyone else who is standing by us. You guys make the struggle worth it. To everyone railing against us and against the stars that were present, to everyone who’s decided we’re destroying the fabric of our culture, to everyone who’s called us seditious pornographers while plotting the downfall of Indian Values And Civilization As We Know It, we would like to reiterate that we are just a bunch of comedians who work, and have always worked, without any malicious intent whatsoever.

We encourage any and all conversation on the subject of freedom of expression, for our own silly selves, and for people better, smarter and more courageous than us. For hundreds and thousands of artists, commentators and any and all citizens that do not have the privilege of social platforms and reach that we do.

We are also cooperating with the authorities and hope to resume normal service soon. We’d like some sort of cheerful resolution to this so we can focus on more important national issues, like the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

P.S. Best of luck Virat Kohli. Sorry for the jokes. We heart emoticon you.

P.P.S. It’s a good thing nobody’s downloaded the file and put it on a torrent website or anything.

19 thoughts on “All India Bakchod Gives A Kickass Response To The Offended!

  1. Dude u guys are hillarious…indian politicians ki maa ki jai(jai is my middle name btw)….solid offensive content…every minute of which i loved.
    Sala rape karo to chale, rape pe joke is fukin unparliamentary(angreji).
    Anyway keep u the good work..your videos and rahul gandhi speeches have kept me entertained so far…cheers!!!

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  2. HI AIB roasters

    Its indeed fun to watch out what ever you guys attempt, funny or not you guys are bringing novelty to human senses and that’s commendable. On this reaction whole i wanna say is : what ever you do you cant please every one, so does the comedy it cant make every body laugh. Those who got offended, please ask them what made them watch the video ?? Disclaimer is simple to understand: if you don’t like, don’t watch

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  3. Cheers AIB, I love to watch your videos and have replayed several of them with friends. Had a great time. Nobody can take that liking from me. To the haters, you can not force me to buy your shit… you have to BUY MY TIME if you wish to survive. As they always say, content is the king!

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  4. Dear AIB. its a sign of sound health to be able to bear such offence. It shows how pure u actually are. Ranveer, karan and arjun included- you guys really taught me what immense winners you are.
    Rapists can rape, robbers can rob, politicians can screw, and so you have total right to roast… Love u all…

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  5. Stand up comedy still has a lot of scope in India and what you guys did is awesome because it provides a whole new entertainment option to open minded people.

    I don’t see how it is illegal and how you can be forced to take it down. Hope this gets cleared up soon.

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  6. I still think India was a place where people use to create great stuff when there was no restrictions around these all stuff. Indians created kamasutra which is read globally and is all around sex and pleasure. If people were restricted back then we would have never made great stuff. Politics and all are not conserving our culture but not allowing us build one for our future generation. Sad but it has to change. We can initiate the change.

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  7. Thanks AIB for using your art of (sometimes tasteless :P) humor to advocate our right to free speech… you probably already know this, but I and millions of people like me stand by you as you “ruin the clean image of the Indian culture & women and also mislead today’s youth”

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  8. AIB, you guys are total idiots!
    Don’t you have the basic sense to join politics before you do that kind of stuff?
    Politics after all in the licence to comment, diss, beat anyone, watch porn in the parliament, rape, or even murder, but it was a gay plan being a common citizen. I hate you guys, you’re a disrespect for our culture and country.

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  9. The ‘well wishers’ of India can’t survive without controversies and AIB just pushed the ball in their penalty box and not a millisecond was wasted before the goal was scored! Dear AIB, it takes pretty big and heavy balls for the stunt you guys pulled and I ‘heart emoticon’ you for that. By the looks of it, although I don’t think that it will happen, but let’s hope that India will wake up to a ‘humorously tolerant’ nation one day!

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  10. hello AIB,

    being-a-real-nobody-who-can-make-a-difference yet i must first criticize u for the intellect u have shown with that script. i loved it to the end. but alas in the end all has came down to some bloody cheap things called” morcha” and et. al. i must point out 1 thing and 1 thing only …. a huge mass of this fucking country from mumbai to mizoram …. cant actually relate to the level of sarcasm/wit/farce/humour u have shown in the script. and this stand-up comedy is much more acceptable in hindi than in english. am not discriminating the language. i am really sorry to let u know that the video that u have removed has actually hurt me for i really miss quality comedians and their acts in the main stream media ……. seriously speaking , i often laugh at the standards of jokes our so-called main stream big leagues comedian who do perform in award functions… plz read it as ,not at the jokes itself 90% of the time. i will morally support u till the end, whatever may b the result. again, sex comedies r not still welcome in different parts of india ( read it as ” from-wherever-u-may-belong” ) .. am not saying to stop that… my point of view is overwhelm us with such scripts like ” heavy advertising baises preferences of a potential/existing customer ” i thank u for the act… and a fucking nobody sings out

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  11. “P.P.S. It’s a good thing nobody’s downloaded the file and put it on a torrent website or anything.”

    LOL…Really? Or maybe that was just a pointer 😛

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  12. Let’s admit it you overdid it, you did not stop at using names of people present at that show or yourself. You used lot of names of people not involved with the show or present there. It was not cool at all, it whould have been more fun and difficult for you if you did the same without abuse. Insult comedy without abuse but you did it the other way.

    I wish you guys good luck and hope to see a better version of this.

    PS: keep Virat out of this please, the country needs him at the World Cup.

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  13. So in 80s whenever they wanted to show a sex scene, the directors made the actors and actresses hide behind the tree. And we call ourselves the land of Kamasutra!
    Birbal and Tenali Raman have been known as the best amusers of Indian history whose jokes hurt their respective kings too but hose kings were a sport enough to laugh. This angered the court who felt the jesters cross their limits. But the kings knew what jokes mean and never banned them. We belong to such bright historical nature where jokes and sex were an open and loved thing.
    And when the king (common man) loves the content posted by you guys, and the court (some xyz people) find it derogatory, there should be no harm at all. Beacuse in this case, no animals, humans or gods were used, insulted or mistreated during the shooting!

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  14. The roast was hilarious guys, I laughed my guts out and had a blast. Keep up the good work and show the middle finger to the people who are offended!

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  15. Dear AIB,

    I loved your knockout. Me and all my friends are absolutely happy with the kind of experiment you guys try. If you guys stop doing this, country will go back to laughing at Comedy with Kapil where fat men dress as women and that is supposed to be “funny”.

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  16. Well, I like ‘Roasts’ (specially the cooked ones, but that’s another conversation), but did not particularly like your version of it. I moved on to another channel on YouTube. You have the right to your freedom of expression, I have the right to not hear/see it!

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