Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Kunal Kamra Explains His ‘Side of the Story’ In New Video

On 29 January, Kunal Kamra tweeted a video that explained his “side of the story.” He wrote, “This video explains my side of the story, created by my best half @thepeeinghuman The emotions did off course get the better of me. But if I didn’t emote, I’d never be able to forgive myself...”

The video begins with footage of Arnab Goswami introducing us to one of his reporters. We then see the reporter heckling Tejashwi Yadav on a flight. The rest of the 11-minute long video is a mashup of Arnab Goswami through various stages of his life. Through the video, Kunal Kamra questions Arnab Goswami’s journalistic integrity to make his point.

GoAir is the fourth airline to suspend comedian Kunal Kamra from using its services “till further notice”. Following a confrontation with Arnab Goswami, which went viral on social media, IndiGo suspended Kamra for six months. This was followed by Air India which barred him “until further notice” to “discourage such behaviour”, as well as SpiceJet which decided to suspend Kunal Kamra on from flying with the airline till further notice on 29 January.

After IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet decided to suspend Kunal Kamra on from flying with the airlines, the comedian issued a statement saying “it’s not shocking” that he has been banned for “exercising my right to free speech”.

“It’s not shocking at all to me that for exercising my right to speech, which falls under article 19 of our constitution, 3 airlines have given me a temporary ban from flying,” he wrote. He clarified that he was not disruptive and complied with the cabin crew.

“To my limited knowledge, no formal complaint has been made by the crew or Arnab or anyone else taking the flight. Whenever there was an intervention by any member of the crew I complied. If expressing myself to an important public figure who himself points a camera day in and day out, catching people off guard is a crime, then both of us are criminals,” he added.

Kamra also questioned why Air India and SpiceJet had “jumped the gun” and banned him despite the fact the incident didn’t occur on either airline.

On 28 January, after Kamra’s confrontation with journalist Arnab Goswami, IndiGo, in its tweet, had termed Kamra's conduct as 'unacceptable behaviour' and urged passengers "to refrain from indulging in personal slander whilst onboard".
Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who was tagged by IndiGo in the tweet along with the ministry's official handle, has urged other airlines to follow suit.

Air India, too, tweeted saying that Kamra has been suspended.

Kamra, on Tuesday, posted a video on Twitter of him speaking to Goswami in a flight. In the video, he can be seen asking the journalist a number of questions. Kamra says that Arnab had called him mentally unstable when he first approached the journalist. Further, Kamra goes on to ask him if he’s a journalist or a ‘coward’.
29/01/20 Quint

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1 comment:

  1. Aircraft cabin whether on ground or in the air is not a place for any monkey tricks, theatrics. With so much fuel around a life threatening situation can develop anytime. Once inside a shut mouth and open ears are required to listen to any safety commands passed. Anyone who doesn't understand such simple thing is not mentally fit to board a flight. Other passengers have rights for their safety and those cannot be overridden by anyone for any reason whatsoever. Airtravel is not a standup comedy but a sit down strapped up travel.