“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to death my right to get offended. How dare you? Baahar mil.” – Desi Voltaire.
This is how AIB’s Open Letter explaining why they performed the Roast starts off. And it sums up the mood of the audience perfectly. There are too many people ready to take offence on the slightest pretext.
We ran a survey on whether people are really offended or it’s just a case of a few people making a lot of noise. We spoke to 100 students between the ages of 17-22 and 100 parents. This is what we found:
- Only 42% of parents had heard about AIB and the Roast while the corresponding figure for the youth was 92%.
- 100% of both parties wanted to watch it once we told them what the controversy was (this was before AIB took down the videos).
- Only 30% of the parents had seen the Roast while 78% of the young adults had.
- 95% of the parents who watched it found it highly offensive while only 2% of the youth did.
- 90% of the youth think it’s entertainment while only 20% of the parents think so.
- 60% of the youth identify with the Roast.
- 100% of the parents believe that their parents wouldn’t want them to watch it when they were kids. 46% of the youth wouldn’t let their children (if they had any) watch it.
Moral of the story: Parents don’t like it, children do.
One point we couldn’t put on the record was that even though most parents have cracked these jokes and made these statements in private, they don’t want it to be said out loud.