Randeep Hooda To Kapil Sharma, 5 Indian Celebs Who Were Bashed For Their Casteist & Sexist Remarks
Thanks to social media platforms, celebrities have a space where they can share their opinions with people and connect with them without any barriers. At times, intentionally or unintentionally, celebs do end up offending people with problematic comments. For celebrities in a powerful position who have thousands of followers, people expect them to carry themselves a bit more responsibly.
There have been multiple instances when celebs have been targeted for their inappropriate remarks and here’s a list of five such celebs who have been bashed by the public for their casteist or sexist remarks.1. Randeep Hooda
Randeep Hooda landed in troubled waters after an old video surfaced wherein he is seen cracking a problematic, sexist joke on politician Mayawati, the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. A Twitter user shared the video and tweeted, “If this does not explain how casteist and sexist this society is, especially towards Dalit women, I don’t know what will. the ‘joke’, the audacity, the crowd. Randeep Hooda, a top Bollywood actor talking about a dalit woman, who has been the voice of the oppressed (sic).”
if this does not explain how casteist and sexist this society is, especially towards dalit women, i don’t know what will. the “joke”, the audacity, the crowd. randeep hooda, top bollywood actor talking about a dalit woman, who has been the voice of the oppressed.— Agatha Srishtie please DM with SOS tweets (@SrishtyRanjan)
Since the video went viral, people on social media have been demanding an apology and have also been trending ‘Arrest Randeep Hooda’.
The actor has also been removed as the ambassador of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), United Nation's environmental treaty, following the controversy.2. Yuvika Chaudhary
Former Bigg Boss contestant Yuvika Chaudhary found herself in major trouble for using a casteist slur. In a vlog posted by her, she used a certain word to describe how she looked. After the video went viral, people started to demand her arrest since they were offended by her inappropriate remark.
Now she'll say she didn't know the meaning. Alright. This is how our industry is! Not shocked but disappointed. She is literate but as illiterate— Nivedita Bansal (@Nivbansal2403)
She apologized for her mistake and said that she didn’t have such intentions but people kept dragging her. She shared one more video wherein she said, “I understood my fault, said sorry and learnt my lesson. But now what? People keep on dragging this rather than talking about other topics. We have so many bigger topics to talk about — from women’s safety to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. We’re losing our loved ones, and people are talking about, ‘Arrey usne yeh kar dia’. I feel really bad. The response that I’m getting for my mistake is actually sad. With the way the thing is trending, I’m thinking people have so much time to discuss this, leaving the bigger issues aside, despite me saying sorry for it. Agar mudda banana hai toh bade issue ka banao. If I made a mistake, bol do ke aapko knowledge nahi hai ya correct me.”
She clarified, “I didn’t know the meaning of the word I used. Why would I hurt someone? I got to know about it after people started trolling me. I’m really sorry. I never intended to hurt anyone.”3. Munmun Dutta
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma actor Munmun Dutta also said she didn't want to look like a particular community member. After facing the backlash, she immediately apologized but people weren’t convinced with her apology.
In her apology, Munmun Dutta wrote, "This is about a video that I posted yesterday wherein one word used by me has been misinterpreted. It was never said with the intent of insult, intimidate, humiliate or hurt anyone's feelings. Because of my language barrier, I was genuinely misinformed about the meaning of the word. Once I was made aware of its meaning, I immediately took the part down. I have the utmost respect for every single person from every caste, creed, or gender and acknowledge their immense contribution to our society or nation. I sincerely would like to apologize to every single person who has been unintentionally hurt by the usage of the word and I sincerely regret the same."
4. Kapil Sharma
Kapil Sharma was mired in controversy when he cracked a joke that mentioned the name of a religious deity of the Kayastha community. This didn’t go down too well with the people of the community who demanded his apology.
He took to Twitter to convey his apology and wrote, “Dear Kayastha community, I heard about The Kapil Sharma Show episode telecast on 28 March 2020. If the mention of Shri Chitragupta Ji has hurt your sentiments, then I and my entire team apologize to you. Our intention wasn’t to hurt anyone. I pray to God that may you all be safe, happy, and keep smiling. With love and respect.”
प्यारे कायस्थ समाज के लिए— Kapil Sharma (@KapilSharmaK9)
5. Mukesh Khanna
Mukesh Khanna, best known for shows Shaktimaan and Mahabharat, made a sexist statement that didn’t go down well with people who then bashed him on Twitter.
In the interview, given to The Filmy Charcha, the actor was asked about the Me Too campaign and he said, “Aurat ka kaam hai ghar sambhalna, jo maaf karna mein kabhi kabhi bol bhi jata hu (The job of a woman is to take care of the house). Problem kaha se shuru hui hai #MeToo ki jab aurato ne bhi kaam karna shuru kar diya (The problem of #MeToo began when women started working). Aaj aurat mard ke saath kandhe se kandha milane ki baat karti hai (Today, women talk about walking shoulder-to-shoulder with men).”
He added, “Log women’s liberation ki baat karenge, lekin main aapko bata doon, problem yahin se shuru hoti hai (People talk about women’s liberation, but let me tell you that where the problem begins). Sabse pehla jo member suffer karta hai woh ghar ka bachcha suffer karta hai, jisko maa nahi milti (The first person who suffers is the child because he doesn’t have a mother taking care of him at home). Aaya ke saath baith kar Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu dekh raha hota hai (He sits and watches TV with his nanny all day). Jab se shuruat hui, tab se yeh bhi shuruat hui ke main bhi wohi karungi jo mard karta hai. Nahi, mard mard hai aurat aurat hai (It all began when women started saying that they want to do what men do. No, a man is a man and a woman is a woman).”
People advised him to keep his mouth shut as he disappointed them with his comments over Me Too.
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