A couple of days ago, a video surfaced on the internet which took the entire sane humankind by surprise. Around 500 men or say ‘supporters of Aunty Ki Ghanti’ gathered at Connaught Place of New Delhi to shout ‘Bol Na Aunty Aun Kya’. With mere these lines, you can smell misogyny and sexism emanating from the so-called rap.
With hundreds actually turning up for the event and shouting out the misogynistic song it looked like Omprakash had more fans than anticipated.
On Wednesday, Quint Neon, in a video featuring reporter Deeksha Sharma, called out the song for its crass and violent sexism. Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya or Aunty Ki Ghanti is essentially a rape threat and endorses the thinking that the ‘aunty’, who could be any woman, is ‘asking for it’ by wearing skimpy clothes and having a desirable ‘figure’.
YouTube has since taken down Omprakash’s video, and the error message lists a copyright claim by ‘Smokedlime’.
Starting Friday night, not only have The Quint and Quint Neon’s Facebook pages been filled with thousands of hateful comments, but the inboxes of the women in their team have been inundated with rape and death threats.
The Quint has since filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime cell against the Omprakash and the online harassers.
“Our social media pages and journalists were tagged in obscene posts, were abused online and trolled,” the complaint says. “Last night, the reporter [name retracted] who did the video got two death threats on her personal WhatsApp number at 3.12am (on 16 September 2017). The two numbers were – [numbers retracted]. Ever since then, her personal page on Facebook and her number are flooded with sexual abuses and rape threats,” the complaint adds.
Cringe-pop has recently become a thing in India. With the overnight insurgence of Dhinchak Pooja songs on social media, it is evident that one needs only a smartphone and internet connection to become a sensation. Even though Dhinchak Pooja’s song was totally baseless, but they were tolerable to sane levels.
Omprakash Mishra’s grotesque rap not only normalises the sexual offence but glorifies it as if it is the noblest thing to do. The collective consequence of the rap can be more hazardous beyond our imagination.
It is really appalling to see how a rap belittling a woman’s consent and so sexually offensive has become a youth anthem. It reflects utter badly about our generation. It’s time to grow up and stop accepting everything that’s viral on the internet. And the entertainment pages should be a little more mindful before granting overnight success to people like Mishra.