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    Do you think Academy Award host Seth MacFarlane was being sexist when he sang the 'We saw your b**bs' song?

    I don't understand the hue and cry about offthe-cuff remarks. It's like we've regressed back to the dark ages. Years ago, when I started my talk show, people termed my humour irreverent, and asked me how I could crack jokes on people. Humour is always subjective. Also, when the joke is on someone else, it's always funny, but when it's on you, it's offensive! —Shekhar Suman, TV personality

    I agree that sexist or racist jokes aren't the most intelligent form of humour, but you can still crack them, provided you present them well. The audience needs to learn how to take a joke in the right spirit. We live in touchy and politicallycorrect times. And thanks to the social media, people have found a platform to to blow up the tiniest of controversies.—Aditi Mittal, voice-over artiste

    As a comedian, the hypocrisy around humour in our society irritates me. We have articles slamming comedians for their 'sexist' jokes next to stories discussing hottest woman on the red carpet! At least people who crack jokes know that it's all in good humour, unlike those who insult and derogate people daily, without even realising it. —Tanmay Bhat, stand-up comedian

    There's a very thin line between being tongue-incheek and being unpleasant or deprecating when you are cracking a joke. Jokes like the ones at this Oscars, by MacFarlane, couldn't get a smile on my face. I think it's okay when stand-up comedians crack insulting jokes. But otherwise, it's very insulting. —Ira Dubey, actress

    Anchors and stand-up comedians cracking insensitive and rude jokes have a typical excuse, 'Oh, I'm just being honest and blunt' or 'I have the right to express myself'. We are so used to taking liberties with people these days. But jokes which are below the belt or hurt someone's sentiments are not okay. —Gautam Rode, anchor

    Whether it's an award show or otherwise, I personally don't appreciate humour where you knowingly hurt someone's sentiments. It's unnecessary. I crack a lot of jokes too, but I make sure I don't use words that annoy or insult someone. Of course, offensive jokes find many takers, as there are people who enjoy that kind of humour. But it's best to tweak your jokes to suit everyone. —Manish Paul, host



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