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On permits, ‘Dabangg 3’ and more


The past few days saw anger over another false call to the police and anti-Dabangg-ness...


Type the word ‘permit’ into Google and one of the few auto-fill results that come up is ‘permit patty’. Like an oil spill, the acts of calling the police on people of colour has coated the streets of America with thick xenophobia. I’ve discussed this once before here. But the latest incident features Alison Ettel pretending to call the police on an 8-year-old selling water, earning her the moniker #PermitPatty.

The video of the distrusting woman was shared by Twitter user @_ethiopiangold and has been shared and liked close to 2,00,000 times.

Now, we all have stressful days; I’m sure those of you reading this are on your way to one right now. But there’s no excuse for even pretending to call the authorities on children harmlessly trying to hydrate their fellow citizens and earn some pocket money. Ettel, who’s gone dark on her social media platforms, has insisted she was pretending due to her stressful day and that the child was yelling out loud.

In this sense, this is why I love India; you’ll very very rarely find a person from one subculture calling the police on a person from another. If anything, the police will tell you off for wasting their time.

On permits, ‘Dabangg 3’ and more

The people have spoken...

With Critic Aunty’s spot-on analysis of Race 3, Twitter recently went on a ‘We Don’t Want Dabangg 3’ rampage — and some of the tweets are stomach-achingly funny, all aimed toward Salman Khan.

Tweeter @SonalSalmanK says, “I felt like Race 3 was a one-take movie. No retakes. Don’t want this to happen again. I’ve watched each of your films thrice in a theatre, but last year TL & this Eid Race 3 I saw only once. TL was good; at least there was Salman. But in Race 3 you did a cameo. We Don’t Want Dabangg 3.”

Another user @ItsRaviD comments, “Script is not the problem with Dabangg 3; the real problems are supporting cast, director, production house, and above all the audience are tired with the same masala films.”

But something tells me that when Dabangg 3 does hit theatres, tweets circulating will be accolading their favourite superstar.

The fourth wall broken?

No, I’m not referring to Deadpool 2. I’m a fan of Instagram account Comments by Celebs, which has over 4,00,000 followers, thanks to regular shoutouts from Kelly Ripa and Chrissy Teigen. Watching famous people troll each other good-naturedly online is a laugh... and let’s face it, we love to distract ourselves from the terrible trolling around us.

The account is run by Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer and the duo have effortlessly enlightened people of celeb shenanigans, brightening my day.

I can’t imagine what a 24x7 job that really is, but kudos to them for keeping their eyes peeled that much.

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