BEEP SONGBeep song, is the name assigned to the song composed in Thamizh by Anirudh a popular Music Director of Thamizh films and Simbu, a Thamizh actor who since those days of a leakage of his telephone conversation with a girl, who is supposedly the daughter of an iconic Thamizh actor, has gained notoriety in no small measure !
So a Thamizh film song sung by him and set to tune by the said music director had been posted in the whatsapp before it was released officially.
The trouble with the song is that a derogatory term used for a female body part has been used in the lyrics, which coincides partially with a beep and as the song progresses, the beep is a trifle out of line with the expletive and reveals itself in all its vulgarity!
Simbu says it was MEANT FOR PRIVATE USE!
Nevertheless it has leaked and found its way into the Internet!
Women’s organisations are reported to be outraged and have filed a complaint in the courts, which has been pleased to summon Simbu!
One of the lines I enjoyed, notwithstanding the discreet expletive, was the philosophical prescription that: A WOMAN WHO DOES’NT BREAK HEARTS IS NO WOMAN, AND A MAN WHO DOESN’T LEARN TO LIVE WITH A BROKEN HEART IS NO MAN!
Now returning to the thread of the issue, I for one believe that I have a RIGHT TO MY REPUTATION, therefore if someone hurts my personal reputation I need to be outraged and take remedial steps, depending on my means and desirability of reacting! One surely doesn’t want to end up taking offence like Oscar Wilde and end up not only losing a defamation case but also allow the respondent to prove what he had stated was INDEED TRUE! The remedy gets worse.
But the word peekingly used from behind the beep, is just a body part and one needn’t have to take offence at the utterer’s perception of the other gender’s body part. Probably he or she suffers from depletion of the aesthetics in perception of such body parts! So be it ! Why take offence, as long as it doesn’t refer to my body part? It is generic!
But there is a lurking minuscule who believe that the opposite gender entertains derogatory opinions on their body parts and any reference is seen as making a DEFAMATORY STATEMENT on their own body parts.
Now that Simbu says that the song was stolen , does it amount to STRICT LIABILITY or ABSOLUTE LIABILITY?
The matter has entered the courts and we need to apply these evolving principles .
Like the Delhi OLEUM LEAK CASE, if Simbu and the music director had produced such a vulgar song so as to outrage the modesty of women in general and a few in particular, should he not have kept the song to himself and his coterie and not allowed it to ESCAPE, like it is claimed by him to have happened?
Or , alternatively the leaker of the song is to be criminally held liable for the public release unauthorisedly?
Finally, the decision would have to be based on facts more than on principles, as the SHO’s version would prevail, for all practical purposes !
Long live Liberty to do, think or simply be!