Comedian Hari Kondabolu had a disappointing experience with Facebook recently as the social network failed to respond appropriately to what
was clearly harassment by another user on his page.
July 22, Kondabolu was faced with a message from
Matt Cannon that read: ‘Keep making comments like
you do and the only thing going to be fed to you will
be a bullet.’
He reported the comment to Facebook for review, as
all users have the opportunity to do for any content.
Facebook got back to him via email, noting that they
would not be able to do anything as the comment did
not violate the company’s Community Standards,
which were created in order to help users feel safe,
according to the Community Standards page. It says,
‘Because of the diversity of our global community,
please keep in mind that something that may be dis-
agreeable or disturbing to you may not violate our
In the event that Facebook does deem reported con-
tent a violation, it moves forward with removing the
content, disabling accounts, and working with law
enforcement when they believe there is a genuine risk
of physical harm or direct threats to public safety. In
Kondabolu’s case, the user issued, with a conservative
interpretation, at least a threat of violence.
“It wasn’t a hate comment; it was a death threat,”
Kondabolu told India Abroad. “I feel that it’s
Facebook’s responsibility to protect users from death
and rape threats by canceling the accounts of people
who write such things.”
A representative at Facebook
reportedly admitted to the
company’s error later, stating
that due to the volume of
reported content, they do occa-
sionally make mistakes. The
representative continued that
they should have removed the
comment and apologized.
The hateful message was in
response to Kondabolu’s post that read: ‘Fox News
host Brian Kilmeade wants to know why we aren’t
“clearing the waters” of sharks. WHITE PEOPLE
WANT TO GENTRIFY THE OCEAN NOW?’
As a comedian, much of his material focuses on race.
Last week was not the first time he had received abusive, harassing, threatening messages. He had earlier
reported a comment to Facebook in which he was
called the n-word. That was removed and the user was
Kondabolu said that this time around, he did not get
the satisfaction of knowing that the user faced any
consequences: “Simply removing the threat is inadequate. I could delete the threat or block the user
— Chaya Babu
hari threatened but undeterred
COURTESY: JONATHAN YUAN, A/P/A INSTITUTE AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
hari Kondabolu at new york University.
Aziz Ansari, whose Netflix-bound comedy Master of None is creating a lot of buzz, has pulled a unique casting coup.
While looking out for suitable actors to play
his onscreen parents, the actor-comedian
ultimately zeroed in on his own folks — gastroenterologist father Shaukath and mom Fatima
While his father was more forthcoming about the
idea, his mother reportedly said she’d never do anything like that, Aziz revealed at a Television Critics
Association panel earlier this week.
Slated to premier November 6, the show brings
together Ansari and Parks and Recreations
showrunner Mike Schur and screenwriter Alan
Yang, with all three of them serving as executive
producers on the show.
The other big casting coup we have had our eye
on was pulled off by The Mindy Project, which is
pulling out all stops for its season four premiere
later this year on TV streaming website Hulu. The
show went to Hulu after it was cancelled by FOX
Comic greats Stan Lee and Grant Morrison, and celebrity spiritual guru Deepak Chopra have teamed up with publisher Graphic India to release digital comic book exclusives in order to raise money for chari-
ties in India.
Their titles, part of a bundle that would usually cost over $200 will be
available for $15.
Chopra’s e-book comic series, Buddha: A Tale of Enlightenment will be part
of this charity-raising event.
Also included will be Morrison’s 18 days, the 2010 retelling of the
Mahabharata in comic book format with illustrations by Mukesh Singh as
well as the first chapter of his next, Avatarex. Avatarex is Morrison’s first dig-ital-only comic and a sequel to Mahabarata set in modern India.
Whoever said epics were boring, eh?
From right, Machindra Kasture, chef to the Indian President and Cristeta Comerford, chef to the United States President learn how to whip up a true Italian risotto from Marco Stabile, president, Jeunes restaurateurs d’europe, during the annual meeting of the Club des Chefs des Chefs — the exclusive club that annually brings together the chefs of heads of state — in Livorno Ferraris, Italy, July 18.
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The casting coups
August 7, 2015