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One of the most popular faces on YouTube Lilly Singh has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers

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Lilly Singh (IISuperwomanII) preforms in San Francisco, at her world tour "A Trip To Unicorn Island". Wikimedia
  • Superwoman Lilly Singh has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers
  • She stated that her content is “non-offensive” and that Indian parents generally like her shows
  • She was recently appointed as Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador

New Delhi, July 19, 2017: At a time when the debate on censorship — on TV and the social media — is at an all-time high, one of the most popular faces on YouTube has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers.

Referring to her work as “non-offensive”, Indo-Canadian YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman), who was recently appointed as Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, claimed that she has never faced government intervention in her work.

“There are certain things you cannot put on YouTube, certain content you cannot post on your channel, and you have to play by those rules because that is not your platform. So, ultimately, I think if you are doing things in the public eye, you do have to play by some rules,” the popular figure, who was ranked No.1 on Forbes Magazine’s Top Influencers List in the entertainment category last month, told IANS in an interview here.

But the larger question that continues to haunt the creative fraternity is whether there is need for censorship on creative freedom or not. Singh said that “it depends” from case to case.

While she makes music videos and the platform (YouTube) is owned by Google, she must adhere to its rules. At the same time, she seemed to suggest a mid-way formula to resolve the censorship crisis.

“I always believed that you should come up (with content) which you love… If you watch something and that offends you I do believe that you should just watch something that does not offend you,” Singh, who enjoys a stunning total of over 11 million YouTube subscribers, maintained.

She also reiterated the fact that her content is “non-offensive” and that Indian parents generally like her shows.

However, Singh chose to remain quiet on the ongoing controversy around the legal trouble that AIB’s Tanmay Bhatt has landed in after releasing a meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a Snapchat dog filter.

She said that gender inequality is one of the core issues that she would love to see improve in societies across the globe. She suggested that it is high time that people began to question traditions that impose gender inequality among societies.

“I also think that accepting people for their sexual, economic, social preferences in every country is something that can be improved as well,” she added.

 The actor also expressed her desire to play the character of any female superhero.

“In fact ‘Wonder Woman’ broke box office records because it was directed by a female and led by a female. It is a very good testament to the fact that there should be more,” she added.

Singh has featured in popular films like “Dr. Cabbie” and “Bad Moms”. This year, she has also released her international and New York Times bestselling book “How To Be A Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life”, and was also recently cast in HBO’s film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. (IANS)

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From Lilly Singh to Mindy Kaling, Indian Origin Actors who are Creating Waves on American TV Shows

Mindy played Kelly Kapoor in "The Office" sitcom from 2005 to 2013. Recognition for her work on "The Office" include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010

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Lilly Singh, Canadian born with Indian roots, is popular across the globe as Superwoman. She rose to fame with her YouTube channel. Wikimedia

From Kunal Nayyar to Lilly Singh and Mindy Kaling, many actors of Indian origin are creating waves on American television shows.

Here are some of them:

* Kunal Nayyar: He rose to fame as Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali or Raj on the show “The Big Bang Theory”. Kunal, a British-born Indian actor, was also seen in shows like “Prison Break” and “The Mindy Project”.

* Kal Penn: The “Harold & Kumar” actor is known for portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television programme “House”. In 2016, he began playing Seth Wright in the political drama “Designated Survivor” and later served as host of the game show “Superhuman”.

* Hasan Minhaj: The Indian-American comedian found global fame when he gave words to his story through the stage production turned comedy special “Homecoming King”. After doing some gigs, Hasan got his big break when he became a part of “The Daily Show”. Hasan recently received a backlash from netizens over his stint on Netflix show “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” in which he took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Kunal, a British-born Indian actor, was also seen in shows like “Prison Break” and “The Mindy Project”. Wikimedia

* Lilly Singh: Lilly Singh, Canadian born with Indian roots, is popular across the globe as Superwoman. She rose to fame with her YouTube channel. In 2017, she was ranked 10th on the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid YouTube stars. On the small screen, Lilly will be hosting a new late night talk show for NBC titled “A Little Late with Lilly Singh”.

* Mindy Kaling: An Indo-American actress, comedian, writer and producer, Mindy played Kelly Kapoor in “The Office” sitcom from 2005 to 2013. Recognition for her work on “The Office” include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010. She gained wider attention for creating, writing, producing and starring in “The Mindy Project” comedy series.

* Aziz Ansari: The Indian-American actor is known for his role as Tom Haverford on the series “Parks and Recreation”, and as creator and star of the Netflix series “Master of None”. Ansari began his career performing stand-up comedy in New York City in the mid-2000s while attending New York University. In 2007, he created and starred in the MTV sketch comedy show “Human Giant”, which ran for two seasons.

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Mindy played Kelly Kapoor in “The Office” sitcom from 2005 to 2013. Recognition for her work on “The Office” include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010. Wikimedia

* Padma Lakshmi: Born in Chennai, Padma Lakshmi has been the host of the US cooking competition programme “Top Chef” since season two in 2006, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2009 for Outstanding Reality Host.

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* Sendhil Ramamurthy: Born to Tamil parents, Sendhil is best known for his role as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the sci-fi drama “Heroes”. He has also been a part of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Numb3rs”, “CSI: Miami”, “Beauty & the Beast”, “Family Guy” and “New Amsterdam”.

* Punam Patel: The actress is set as a series regular opposite Kenan Thompson and Andy Garcia in single-camera comedy pilot “The Kenan Show”. She will reportedly play Erica, Kenan’s loyal friend and co-worker. (IANS)