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Ok I’m not saying all Indian marriages, I’m saying the really obscure, off-beat ones. I happened to watch the Colbert Report, where a marriage between two girls and frogs in Puducherry, India (Pondicherry) was highlighted in the “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger” segment. The way the monologue was structured, though, seemed to generalize this sort of thing to all of India.
Note: 99.99% of Indians don’t get married to animals or inanimate objects. Likewise for men marrying underage girls.
Other news agencies also have a penchant for highlighting the strange and unusual marriages that take place in India, mostly in remote villages. Generally there is some sort of rationale behind it, whether to prevent disease or bring favorable weather, but it’s still such an incredibly rare occurrence. Why do news agencies portray it as though these events only seem to happen in India? We’re really not that weird, especially in the context of the global collection of off-beat weddings that take place everyday.
I like the Colbert Report, and yes I know it’s supposed to be satirical and funny, but shame on you Stephen Colbert for helping further more ridiculous stereotypes about India and Indian culture.