Fans urge Netflix not to drop India episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act, Kunal Kamra, Vishal Dadlani weigh in
The most recent episode of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix show Patriot Act, in which he discusses the upcoming Indian general elections, is attracting attention from all quarters.
While a certain section of Twitter is praising Hasan for his choice of subject - he discusses Prime Minister Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in the episode - others are accusing him of being biased. There is a whole other contingent urging viewers to quickly watch the episode, just in case it is taken down.
The entire episode has been uploaded on YouTube. You can watch it here:
“Meanwhile @hasanminhaj hits the ball out of the park with his latest on the Indian elections,” wrote journalist Rana Ayyub, adding, “watch it before Netflix decides to drop it.”
Comedian Kunal Kamra wrote, “@NetflixIndia as you notice great traffic on this episode, you would realize that shying away from confrontational content whether political or social is bad for business.”
Meanwhile, another Twitter user commented, “The latest Hasan Minhaj show has content outside comedy! His remarks about RSS is hurtful!”
Here are some reactions:
An earlier episode of the series, in which Hasan spoke about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was pulled off from Saudi Arabia after the prince ‘requested’ Netflix take the episode down.
“A request? Does MBS think Netflix is a wedding DJ?” Hasan reacted to the news, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “‘Yeah, quick request. You wanna take down just that one episode that’s criticizing me and then just play Usher’s Yeah. A request is when a neighbour tells you to turn the music down. A demand is when that neighbour is Conor McGregor and you’re in his parking spot.”
Several OTT platforms such as Netflix and Hotstar have agreed to self-regulating content in India, according to a Variety report. The new Code of Best Practices for Online Curated Content Providers, created by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, has been signed by Netflix, Hotstar, Sony Liv, Eros Now, Arre, Alt Balaji and Voot. Amazon Prime Video and Facebook have not signed on.
According to the report, streamers have agreed to ‘not exhibit content that disrespects the Indian flag, shows children engaged in real or simulated sex, offends religious sentiments, promotes terrorism or contains officially banned material.’
Netflix India was involved in a legal battle over the depiction of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in the series Sacred Games in 2018.
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