The #MeToo movement has cracked the media and entertainment industry. Senior journalist Prashant Jha has stepped down as HT Bureau Chief & Political Editor following allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Many more names are opening up as Utsav Chakraborty, K.R. Sreenivas, Gautam Adhikari, Zulfi Syed, Chetan Bhagat have joined the long list.
Now, All India Bakchod (AIB) has announced that two of its Co-founders – Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba have stepped down from the company after noticing that Tanmay Bhat did not act on the allegations of sexual harassment against comedian Utsav Chakrabarty who was once associated with AIB.
In a statement named “We’re sorry”, Bhat and AIB apologized for not cutting all ties with Chakraborty, though Bhat had confronted the comedian about the allegations, which had led to the victim being harassed further. “By harassment, we meant that Utsav called up the person, cried, apologized, putting her in an uncomfortable position,” AIB said.
— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) October 8, 2018
Khamba has even posted about this on social media:
The future of the group looks uncertain now.
“Truthfully, we don’t know what this means for the future of AIB or whether there is one. In the interim, Ashish Shakya, Rohan Joshi and other senior team members will work towards being able to answer that question over the next several months,”
It all started when Chakraborty was accused of sexual harassment by a writer and fellow comic, who also said that AIB had not taken any action despite her telling them about it. Others also joined with similar complaints. Chakraborty tweeted, “It’s a little too late now but I am sorry, I really am. I can’t think of myself as a victim anymore. Please tell me what to do now.” on this.
It looks like that this movement will continue and problems for the media and advertising industry are going to increase.