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Ban the show “What the Flop?” and take action against Sandip Chhetri and Kantipur Television” for stereotyping and degrading Madhesi women

Ranjit Mahato Ranjit Mahato · Dhanukha, NP

Ban the show “What the Flop?” and take action against Sandip Chhetri and Kantipur Television” for stereotyping and degrading Madhesi women

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Sandip Chettri, who is a well-established comedian in Nepal, has been running the show, “What the Flop?” on Kantipur Television. He uses mimicry as a tool to entertain people and often disrespects people publicly and provokes sensitive identity issues. Sandip Chhetri’s Mithai Lal Jyadav character on the show typically targets the identity of Madhesis, their accent and their skin color as a central topic of humor.

Ramesh Ranjan Jha, Madhesi actor says “Just wearing black makeup, dhoti-kurta and using the southern accent doesn’t make a character Madhesi. Even when done in good humour, it feels humiliating,” Chhetri has time and again portrayed Madhesi stereotypes for laughs and in one of his shows, his character says, “Hami ka kalo cha, hami ta kaaaaaaaloh cha,” (I am not just black, I am very black).

Srizu Bajracharya, writes [The Kathmandu Post (Sep 1, 2019)] that, “Globally, and particularly in the United States, blackface is considered racist and offensive. Its origins date back to 19th century America, where theatre performers coloured their faces in black for comedy skits to portray demeaning caricatures of African-Americans to make people laugh. Blackface has long been considered extremely offensive, and in recent years, it has even cost some people their jobs.”

On June 15, 2020, Chhetri’s character Mithai Lal performed the character of Madhesi woman on the same show from Kantipur Television and portrayed a stereotype image of a woman from Madhesh on a very sensitive political issue regarding Naturalised Citizenship. Many women activists considered this as a political propaganda paired with its usual dose of offensive portrayal against Madhesi women by Kantipur Television and comedian Sandip Chhetri. Reacting on the news that was aired from a national television Kantipur TV, Reshu Aryal on (July 7 at 8:04 PM) writes on her Facebook status, “ Sandip Chhetri is a racist and a bigot. Shame on Kantipur Television for continuing to allow him his racist tirades in your airtime. Until you cancel his programming, we assume that Kantipur TV HD approves. No disclaimer will protect you condoning the "creativity" of racists.”

On July 7, 2020, the youths of Biratnagar and Birgunj lodged a complaint in Mahanagariya Prahari Parisar, Teku (including the

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(https://www.yeklo.com/post/4851) as an evidence which was published on June 15, 2020 ) under section 65 (1) of the Civil Crime Code, 2074, action has been demanded against the presenters and producers of televisions who broadcast material that stereotypes and degrades Madhesi women. A complaint has been lodged against Sandip Chettri, Kantipur Television along with Editor Prasant Aryal, Program Coordinator Suresh Singh Thakuri and Kantipur Group. Aashu Kumar Sarraf, Amita Sharma, Anita Sah, Ashok Kushwaha, Brij Kishore Prasad Chaudhary, Harendra Patel, Kisan Sarraf, Laalbabu Singh, Nisha Gupta, Om Kumar Jha, Om Prakash Sarraf and Shyam Sarraf have lodged the complaint. Likewise, On July 9, Dr. Sharad Singh Yadav filed a petition in the Press Council demanding action to ban the TV show and proceed for legal action to Sandip Chettri for his presentation (on the Kantipur TV through What the Flop show) that has been humiliating and hurting the feelings of the Madhesi community for a long time.[सन्दीप क्षेत्री विरुद्ध उजुरी

What does it mean for my society as the representative of the Madhesh community? As a member of the Madhesi community, which has historically experienced oppression and discrimination, seeing Sandip Chhetri-like actors perpetuate racial stereotypes and hurting an entire community through What-the-Flop-like programs is absolutely heartbreaking. Despite the constitutional guarantees of equality and just treatment of all communities and individuals, prejudice and age-old social practices continue to discriminate and exploit marginalised groups and people. Against this backdrop, therefore, actors, influencers, leaders, and activists should all come together to create a just and equitable society. Sandip Chhetri, his program What the Flop and Kantipur Media that provides the platform for the comedian’s program, however, are all complicit in doing exactly the opposite--perpetuating racism and inequality.

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Co-founder of Changenepal, Change Nepal
Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli

As a member of the Madhesi community, which has historically experienced oppression and discrimination, seeing Sandip Chhetri-like actors perpetuate racial stereotypes and hurting an entire community through What-the-Flop-like programs is absolutely heartbreaking. Despite the constitutional guarantees of equality and just treatment of all communities and individuals, prejudice and age-old social practices continue to discriminate and exploit marginalized groups and people. Against this backdrop, therefore, actors, influencers, leaders, and activists should all come together to create a just and equitable society. Sandip Chhetri, his program What the Flop and Kantipur Media that provides the platform for the comedian’s program, however, are all complicit in doing exactly the opposite--perpetuating racism and inequality.

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101 Comments

Sushant Bhusal
Sushant Bhusal

Television has the power to influence people and even establish the trends and culture which many people identifies with and if not then try to confirm and shape some people to it just so that they can feel the sense of belonging. A famous 18th century Scottish writer and politician, Andrew Fletcher once said “Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” This show goes beyond stereotypes pertaining the madhesis and also indirectly (or subliminally) teaches the below-average, naive and illiterate nepalese(forgive me for the words that I have to use just to make my point) to places the madhesis citizens in the same old hate-driven culture that had been progressively teaching the people to treat indians residing and doing businesses in Nepal by hating on them by picking-on names( calling dhoti’s) and even physically abusing indians (of which oftentimes I have been the witness many times in the past). The fact that such kinds of shows exists and many people praise such acts goes on to show how much wisdom our people lack just to be able to distinguish right from wrong, love from hate and even people from animals…

Raj Tuladhar
Raj Tuladhar

A country that is called the “land of diversity,” seeing this guy ridicule a culture and its identity is a shame. Nepal is a multilingual, multiethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious nation where we have grown up in different cultures but people with different faiths, cultures, and ethnicities living harmoniously and celebrating all the cultures together since ancient times. And this is what unites Nepal and its people – Unity in Diversity. In a time, where Black Lives Matter movement has become global movement, Nepal could be at the forefront to teach the world about inclusive and its racial diversity, people like Sandip Chettri and his show are promoting nothing but aggressions and divide among Nepali people. BAN THE SHOW! TAKE ACTION #🚫whattheflop

Mili Adhikari
Mili Adhikari

This is COLORISM. and Its FUCKED UP. Its anti-black. and its unjust.

Akash Yadav
Akash Yadav

His contents have resicm vibes

Siwani Giri
Siwani Giri

I am signing this petition because this show is truly based on racism and it supports and believes racism

Aditya Mishra
Aditya Mishra

I am against the forced yse of black paint thinking its brings more justifiable madhesi character….Its a shame and promotes racism

Rubina Pradhan
Rubina Pradhan

Quite frankly, no one has time for this kind of stupid, ignorant BS.

Astha Bhatta
Astha Bhatta

I support the campaign

Amit Mahato
Amit Mahato

I belong to madhesi community and I strongly believe such shows create conflicts in the society.

Shraddha Basnyat
Shraddha Basnyat

It’s racist and anyone who finds this kind of humor funny is also a racist

Pavan Kumar Karna
Pavan Kumar Karna

I am signing it because I don’t like Sandip Chhetri humiliating. He deserves hatred because of his attitude against Madhesh.

Pappu Shah
Pappu Shah

He had hurt the Nepali’s sentiment especially people living in Madesh.

Breezesh Mallik
Breezesh Mallik

Iam signing this petition because “what the flop ” show is completely based on racism…

Sushil Mishra
Sushil Mishra

I am doing this for the pride of Madesi .Jay Nepal

Biltu Mahato
Biltu Mahato

Trudeau apologised on his knee for putting black color on his face for a costume party and people says apology was not enough and are asking to do things in action. On contrast here we have so called high class people who are still justifying racism… saying Chhetri was not wrong. This is rasism and you are rasist. Period. All of those idiots are racist… it’s full of racist people. Grow up you racists!

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