Raping the Metaphor

A lot has been said about Salman Khan’s insensitive comments comparing his travails during the shooting of the movie Sultan with the ordeal borne by a raped woman. The Indian media was quick to pick up the story but forgot that it was their own journalists who were laughing at the press conference after Salman’s comments. Everyone from my kaamwali bai to my boss seems scandalized by Bhai’s comment. And while I do not condone the comments made by him, I have often heard people around me (myself included) using rape as a metaphor for anything that goes wrong!

Mathematics during graduation was tough. It was made even tougher by some professors who took sadistic pleasure in setting such difficult papers that it was almost impossible to score. And after the exam, we, young boys studying in the best engineering college in the country, would exclaim, “Rape ho gaya, yaar!”.

Cricket in India is almost like a religion. So, the final and deciding one-dayer between India vs South Africa had me all charged up last October. Centuries by De-Kock, ABdV and Faf meant that the next day at office, I was left exclaiming,  “Kya yaar, kal toh rape hi ho gaya”.

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the Football World Cup semi-finals. It was almost like a gang-rape.

This is what the Urban Dictionary has to say :

Rape: To utterly defeat another person in any form of competitive activities.
Example: Dude, I totally raped your ass during that last game of Age of Empires.

Salman Khan, being a public figure, should have exercised more caution while making that statement but rather than criticizing him, we should first look inwards.