On 13 September, The Quint published a video calling out the internet sensation and cringe-pop artist Omprakash Mishra AKA Rap King for his overtly misogynistic lyrics in the viral song – ‘Bol na aunty aau kya’.His video had more than 30,000 likes and 60,000 dislikes. We asked for his video to be taken down from YouTube.The video has now been taken down due to a copyright claim by ‘Smokedlime’.Within minutes of our video against Omprakash going online, we were slammed with a slew of mixed opinions. Some agreed with us and reported Omprakash’s video on YouTube, while others failed to see the problem with the sexism.Omprakash Mishra Asks To Take Down Quint NeonA Facebook page going by the name MemeMandir has now organised a ‘Shouting ‘Bolna Aunty Aun Kya’ at The Quint’s Office’ event.If that wasn’t enough, Omprakash Mishra himself has added fuel to the fire by asking to ‘report Quint Neon’ from his personal page on Facebook.He has also egged on his supporters to continue trolling and ‘raiding’ Quint Neon’s Facebook page. A comment below the post also shared a direct link to The Quint’s reporter Deeksha Sharma’s Facebook account. Deeksha has been receiving rape and death threats from the so-called fans of the ‘Rap King’.A similar event was organised in Bhubaneswar on 15 September night.‘Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya’ Isn’t Sexist at All?Those who genuinely liked Omprakash's song did not agree that the lyrics reeked of misogyny, sexism or rape threats.A few even claimed that The Quint was ‘picking on an innocent artist’ when there are other Bollywood and international rap heavyweights who continue to endorse sexism.Free Speech All the Way?Then, there was another group of critics who agreed that Omprakash's song is sexist, but argued that The Quint should not be calling for an act of censorship against it. It is creative content, they said, and calling for a ban against it would make us akin to the Pahlaj Nihalanis of the world.“When a sex scene is cut from a film, or a book is banned, or a film is banned, for whatever reason, the argument of the ‘liberal’ media has been that viewers are discerning enough to take decisions about the kind of content that they want to consume - and that nothing should be BANNED. This annoying song is hardly the first example of sexism in music and by this logic, a large number of mainstream Bollywood songs should be taken down as well. If you don’t like the song, don’t listen to it - but pretending to be the custodians of quality content on the internet is really taking things too far. Also, turns out the dude has a lot of fans because Quint Neon’s ratings on Facebook have taken a massive hit. Whattaguy.”Kevin Kenneth Lee, JournalistAs The Quint is an organisation that has frequently campaigned for and supported freedom of speech, I was most disappointed to see an article that threatens a singer with a harassment suit because the writer deems his lyrics sexist. (“Itne sexist songs likhta hai, harassment case karwaun kya?”)\n\nEveryone is entitled to have an opinion and express the same, but calling for someone to be banned and blocked because one doesn’t like their rap style goes against what many journalists and lawyers have fought for, the very core of freedom of expression.An excerpt from the mail sent by Neerja Gurnani, a readerSuch Trolling, Much DisgustAnd then, there were those who trolled us with no reasonable argument whatsoever. Hundreds of them started a campaign to down-vote Quint Neon’s Facebook page to 1-star rating for speaking against their favourite rapper.Here are some of the comments. This vid in which you’re a showing a feminist bitch who doesn’t know a thing or two about what Omprakash is for us...Tell that dishwasher to be in the kitchen...she doesn’t deserve to criticize someone’s talent... He’s not a rapper...he’s an emotion...Vrna “Sot” laga dunga.... Laxman Singh Tomar via Quint Neon’s inbox on Facebook.Ye kuch bhi bakwas posts karna band karo feminism k naam pe.. Bc vo video post karne se pehle khud hi Hindi me 10 gandhe sexiest shabdh tum hi post karte ..ho bkl Ab Omprakash ko sexiest boltey ho..Abhishek Nukal via Quint Neon’s inbox on Facebook.Ek shot lagaunga na saara offence bahar nikal jaega\nSarthak Negi\nSeen kya krra reply kr vrna lagao ek shot.Sarthak Negi via Quint Neon’s inbox on Facebook.The Quint’s Take:To Those Who Have Showered Deeksha Sharma and The Quint's Neon Team with Abuse and Rape ThreatsRape threats and misogynistic abuse from those defending Omprakash only emphasise our point. Of course you think his song is okay when you find rape threats an acceptable response to anything – but our call to action is not for you, it is for those who don’t want to see our society riven by misogyny. So, thank you for motivating us to speak up that much louder.To Those Who Disagree That the Quint Should Call for CensorshipMany of you have compared us to a man we have often criticised – Pahlaj Nihalani. So let us underscore why we demanded YouTube to take this song down.Here is the translation of the song (done by ScoopWhoop).(Please note that the translation is not literal but based on colloquial usage)Aunty should I come overShould I flap your boobsWill you like a thrustAunty should I come overShould I flap your boobsWill you like a thrustAunty should I come overAunty this is the limitYou let everyone fuck you but you say no to meYou roam around in the skimpiest dressesYou burn your father's moneyFor these reasons auntyI will try my luck with you tonightI want to fuck youAunty should I come overShould I flap your boobsWill you like a thrustAunty should I come overIt's a party for us this SundayAunty will be home aloneJust like soda and whiskeyAunty's figure is sexyWe have to teach her a lessonCome over at 12 o clockWhen it is darkAunty I will fuck you all nightI will fuck you with fast thrustsDon't ask me to go slowIt will hamper my imageYour pussy, my dickDo my bidding for a nightYou have got it all sortedAfter nine months you will deliver a little babyEvery time I see youI get hardSee, my dick salutes youWhat do you do to maintain your sexy figure?I am sure you get fucked 10 times a dayYou have also called me homeAnd made me do all sorts of dirty thingsIf I say no, you will seduce meYou will ask me to unzip my pantsSo that you can suck my dickYou want all the pleasures of lifeYou want to be fucked 10 times a dayI am your friend, call me overI don't even mind eating a dry breadBut I don't drink without mixersI don't bother myself with just any girlBut when I meet a girl whose figure I likeI don't let her go without fucking herThis rap song of mine will play all over the worldEvery street will have my fansEvery girl will ask only one questionWhen will this king of rap get a queen?Hate Speech Has Never Been Protected Under Freedom of SpeechAt multiple points in the song, Omprakash makes rape threats directed at 'aunty' – a stand-in for women everywhere.Making rape threats is not okay – not face-to-face, not on social media, not in our movies or our songs. It simply incites sexual violence.Freedom of speech in India does not give one the right to incite violence against any group. For example, hate speech inciting communal hatred is a crime. Your right to freedom of speech and expression does not give you the right to make a rape threat at me, or anyone else.It is in this light that The Quint decided to demand that YouTube took down a video that unabashedly calls for sexual harassment and abuse.We are not the new Censor Board, as some of you have claimed. We are just not happy to tolerate songs that threaten rape. To the argument that the same can be said of several Bollywood songs, we should call those out too. All of us should. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.