Justin Bieber, the teen pop sensation turned 21 last month. Old enough to be the centre of a Roast which was aired in the US. But it seems Indian audiences have not grown up enough to watch the unedited version of the Roast. Comedy Central India that aired the Roast in India on April Fool’s Day had to procure the footage of the Roast a week before it was to be broadcast here only to cut it down to suit the easily offended Indian.
India had its first tryst with the Roast format—which falls in the ‘insult comedy’ genre—this January when the comedy group AIB organized a Roast of Arjun Kapoor and Ranvir Singh. Though the event was a success on social media and YouTube, it was pulled down following controversy. All involved in the Roast had to face flak from the Bollywood fraternity and the general public. FIRs hounded stars like Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone for being simply present at the Roast which was put together for charity purposes.
Bieber’s Roast that has been appreciated widely on social media had to be stripped of words like d**k, f**k and p***y and jokes with strong sexual overtones before being aired in India. Kevin Hart, was the Roast Master and also present were other pop stars like Snoop Dogg and Ludacris.
Previously, Comedy Central had been singed with a ban of six days for breach of the Cable Television Networks guidelines. Though TV shows do not require certification from the Central Board of Certification (CBFC) they certainly need to toe the line or consumers can complain to the Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF).
Several youngsters voiced their frustration on Twitter on being fed a sanitized version of the otherwise hilarious Roast. @saketsharma tweeted, “Change its name from #BieberRoast to #BeepRoast #BeepYoungIndianCensor