[AI] Insensitive serial ads cause furore

namdeo2000 jadhav.namdeo at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 21:18:51 EDT 2010

Yes of course, such matters must be brought to the notice of the channels 
and programme producers concerned. One must make conscious effort to see 
that whhile putting up your views across that you are in no way hurting 
anybody's feelings. A Marathi play called All  The Best is  the best example 
where differently abled people like blind and deaf are made fun of.
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> Advertisements to promote some TV serials that use terms deemed
> derogatory for the differently abled are earning the wrath of activists.
> One such ad, for a TV drama Shorr... Goongi Kankoo Ki Bolti Kahani on
> SaharaOne, shows the protagonist as a mute girl in a bridal outfit, with
> a tagline   'Kyun karega koi goongi se shaadi' (Why would anyone marry a
> mute girl?) uses the term goongi, considered an insult.
> The ad for Sony TV's Maan Rahe Tera Pitaah, uses the phrase "mad man" to
> describe the mentally challenged father of the protagonist. Activists
> are threatening legal action.
> "Such regressive ads are not acceptable.... We will lodge an official
> complaint with the I&B Ministry... We have an archaic law, the
> Disability Law of 1995, which needs urgent amendment...," said Javed
> Abidi, convenor, Disabled Rights Group.
> Uma Kapoor, secretary of NGO Delhi Foundation of Deaf Women, and a mute
> and deaf person, wrote in an email, "We have  seen inappropriate terms
> being used by channels to describe disability conditions .... The
> serials are made with a positive approach, but their promotion should
> not reflect roughly on the physically/mentally disabled characters."
> Ad professionals too are shocked. Ad Guru Alyque Padmsee said, "Ad
> writers today do anything to be sensational...  Though I am
> anti-censorship, I urge the producers of these serials to reconsider
> their ads..."
> The channels say such ads are part of the marketing strategy. "In our
> show, the lead actress cannot speak, and so we have used it in the ad.
> But the story is positive and not regressive," says Sheetal Ladha,
> Sahara One Television.
> Source:
> http://www.hindustantimes.com/Insensitive-serial-ads-cause-furore/Articl
> e1-562292.aspx
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