Indian stand up Comedian Kenny Sebastian sparked controversy recently after screenshots of him allegedly abusing people on Instagram went viral on social media.
Multiple videos and screenshots were shared widely on social media of comedian’s official account on Instagram, with user id “kennethseb“, hurling offensive abuses in the comment section.
After the incident, the National Commission for Women (NCW) took cognisance of his remarks on Friday (9 July).
In a Twitter post, NCW said, “@NCWIndia has been tagged in posts with snippets of misogynistic comments made by stand-up comedian @knowkenny. We’ve also observed his statement claiming them to be fake. Our Chairperson @sharmarekha has written to @DGPMaharashtra for immediate investigation in the case.”
@NCWIndia has been tagged in posts with snippets of misogynistic comments made by stand-up comedian @knowkenny. We’ve also observed his statement claiming them to be fake. Our Chairperson @sharmarekha has written to @DGPMaharashtra for immediate investigation in the case— NCW (@NCWIndia) July 9, 2020
After the screenshots of alleged abuse went viral on social media, the comedian took to micro blogging site Twitter and said that the screenshots were fake and people shouldn’t pay heed to them.
So some fake screenshots of me are circulating where I appear to be abusing people. These are manipulated cause I reported an account who was attacking me cause of my religion.I will be approaching the @MumbaiPolice to get this investigated. Please don’t pay heed to any of these.— Kenny Sebastian (@knowkenny) July 8, 2020
All seems to have started after Kenny expressed his opinion on the social media platform about the central government’s retaliatory ban on TikTok after the India-China clash in eastern Ladakh.
The comedian had said, “Tik Tok situation: People forget that if they can do it to someone else they can do it to you. Also applies to arrests, internet access, rights as a citizen & yeah banning something on the App Store. Feeling apathy cause it doesn’t affect you directly is prehistoric behaviour.”
Following which he received flak for not supporting the ban that was carried out in the name of national security.
The response by @ThePlacardGuy read, “Abe rice bag ki dukaan, National security in tiktokiyo ke thumko se zyada important hai. Kabhi toh dimag chala aur kabhi toh hate ki patti aankh se hata ke tweet kar.”
After the short-lived banter, the account holder on the social media platform seemed to have attacked the Bangaluru-based comedian on his religion following which the actor said that he will be filing a complaint with the Mumbai Police.