‘Bol Na Aunty’ Taken Down; Fans Threaten Quint Reporter With Rape

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On 13 September, The Quint published a video calling out the internet sensation and cringe-pop artist Omprakash Mishra AKA Rap King for his overtly misogynistic lyrics in the viral song – ‘Bol na aunty aau kya’.

His video had more than 30,000 likes and 60,000 dislikes. We asked for his video to be taken down from YouTube.

The video has now been taken down due to a copyright claim by ‘Smokedlime’.

Within minutes of our video against Omprakash going online, we were slammed with a slew of mixed opinions. Some agreed with us and reported Omprakash’s video on YouTube, while others failed to see the problem with the sexism.

Omprakash Mishra Asks To Take Down Quint Neon

A Facebook page going by the name MemeMandir, that claims to be a Omprakash Mishra fan, has now organised a ‘Shouting ‘Bolna Aunty Aun Kya’ at The Quint’s Office’ event.

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If that wasn’t enough, Omprakash Mishra himself has added fuel to the fire by asking to ‘report Quint Neon’ from his personal page on Facebook.

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He has also egged on his supporters to continue trolling and ‘raiding’ Quint Neon’s Facebook page. A comment below the post also shared a direct link to The Quint’s reporter Deeksha Sharma’s Facebook account. Deeksha has been receiving rape and death threats from the so-called fans of the ‘Rap King’.

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A similar event was organised in Bhubaneswar on 15 September night.

‘Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya’ Isn’t Sexist at All?

Those who genuinely liked Omprakash’s song did not agree that the lyrics reeked of misogyny, sexism or rape threats.

A few even claimed that The Quint was ‘picking on an innocent artist’ when there are other Bollywood and international rap heavyweights who continue to endorse sexism.

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Free Speech All the Way?

Then, there was another group of critics who agreed that Omprakash’s song is sexist, but argued that The Quint should not be calling for an act of censorship against it. It is creative content, they said, and calling for a ban against it would make us akin to the Pahlaj Nihalanis of the world.

“When a sex scene is cut from a film, or a book is banned, or a film is banned, for whatever reason, the argument of the ‘liberal’ media has been that viewers are discerning enough to take decisions about the kind of content that they want to consume – and that nothing should be BANNED. This annoying song is hardly the first example of sexism in music and by this logic, a large number of mainstream Bollywood songs should be taken down as well. If you don’t like the song, don’t listen to it – but pretending to be the custodians of quality content on the internet is really taking things too far. Also, turns out the dude has a lot of fans because Quint Neon’s ratings on Facebook have taken a massive hit. Whattaguy.”

Kevin Kenneth Lee, Journalist.

As The Quint is an organisation that has frequently campaigned for and supported freedom of speech, I was most disappointed to see an article that threatens a singer with a harassment suit because the writer deems his lyrics sexist. (“Itne sexist songs likhta hai, harassment case karwaun kya?”) Everyone is entitled to have an opinion and express the same, but calling for someone to be banned and blocked because one doesn’t like their rap style goes against what many journalists and lawyers have fought for, the very core of freedom of expression.

An excerpt from the mail sent by Neerja Gurnani, a reader

Such Trolling, Much Disgust

This vid in which you’re a showing a feminist bitch who doesn’t know a thing or two about what Omprakash is for us…Tell that dishwasher to be in the kitchen…she doesn’t deserve to criticize someone’s talent… He’s not a rapper…he’s an emotion…Vrna “Sot” laga dunga….

Laxman Singh Tomar via Quint Neon’s inbox on Facebook.

Ye kuch bhi bakwas posts karna band karo feminism k naam pe.. Bc vo video post karne se pehle khud hi Hindi me 10 gandhe sexiest shabdh tum hi post karte ..ho bkl Ab Omprakash ko sexiest boltey ho..

Abhishek Nukal via Quint Neon’s inbox on Facebook.

Ek shot lagaunga na saara offence bahar nikal jaega Sarthak Negi Seen kya krra reply kr vrna lagao ek shot.

Sarthak Negi via Quint Neon’s inbox on Facebook.

The Quint’s Take:

To Those Who Have Showered Deeksha Sharma and The Quint’s Neon Team with Abuse and Rape Threats

Rape threats and misogynistic abuse from those defending Omprakash only emphasise our point. Of course you think his song is okay when you find rape threats an acceptable response to anything – but our call to action is not for you, it is for those who don’t want to see our society riven by misogyny. So, thank you for motivating us to speak up that much louder.

To Those Who Disagree That the Quint Should Call for Censorship

Many of you have compared us to a man we have often criticised – Pahlaj Nihalani. So let us underscore why we demanded YouTube to take this song down.

Here is the translation of the song (done by ScoopWhoop).

(Please note that the translation is not literal but based on colloquial usage)

Aunty should I come over

Should I flap your boobs

Will you like a thrust

Aunty should I come over

Should I flap your boobs

Will you like a thrust

Aunty should I come over

Aunty this is the limit

You let everyone fuck you but you say no to me

You roam around in the skimpiest dresses

You burn your father’s money

For these reasons aunty

I will try my luck with you tonight

I want to fuck you

Aunty should I come over

Should I flap your boobs

Will you like a thrust

Aunty should I come over

It’s a party for us this Sunday

Aunty will be home alone

Just like soda and whiskey

Aunty’s figure is sexy

We have to teach her a lesson

Come over at 12 o clock

When it is dark

Aunty I will fuck you all night

I will fuck you with fast thrusts

Don’t ask me to go slow

It will hamper my image

Your pussy, my dick

Do my bidding for a night

You have got it all sorted

After nine months you will deliver a little baby

Every time I see you

I get hard

See, my dick salutes you

What do you do to maintain your sexy figure?

I am sure you get fucked 10 times a day

You have also called me home

And made me do all sorts of dirty things

If I say no, you will seduce me

You will ask me to unzip my pants

So that you can suck my dick

You want all the pleasures of life

You want to be fucked 10 times a day

I am your friend, call me over

I don’t even mind eating a dry bread

But I don’t drink without mixers

I don’t bother myself with just any girl

But when I meet a girl whose figure I like

I don’t let her go without fucking her

This rap song of mine will play all over the world

Every street will have my fans

Every girl will ask only one question

When will this king of rap get a queen?

Hate Speech Has Never Been Protected Under Freedom of Speech

At multiple points in the song, Omprakash makes rape threats directed at ‘aunty’ – a stand-in for women everywhere.

Making rape threats is not okay – not face-to-face, not on social media, not in our movies or our songs. It simply incites sexual violence.

Freedom of speech in India does not give one the right to incite violence against any group. For example, hate speech inciting communal hatred is a crime. Your right to freedom of speech and expression does not give you the right to make a rape threat at me, or anyone else.

It is in this light that The Quint decided to demand that YouTube took down a video that unabashedly calls for sexual harassment and abuse.

We are not the new Censor Board, as some of you have claimed. We are just not happy to tolerate songs that threaten rape. To the argument that the same can be said of several Bollywood songs, we should call those out too. All of us should.

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