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Sexist, Bigotry tweets by Celebrities garner media attention during Rio Olympics 2016

Compilation of Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time

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  • Compilation of sexist, bigotry tweets by people of significance garners media attention during the summer Olympics 
  • Shobhaa De remarks on athletes taking selfies while Sanal, while an independent director eats his own words on PV Sindhu’s celebration back home
  • Many awkward comments were made by announcers during the game which shows feminism has a long way to go

August 25, 2016: If sexism thrown in subtly by the NBC broadcaster’s on the U S women’s gymnastics team didn’t do the trick for your scandalmonger mind or if the Chicago Tribune’s headline “Wife of a Bears lineman wins Bronze” didn’t add the ‘desi’ (Indian) male chauvinism tadka then fret not, we have a compilation of all Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time!

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  • Shobhaa De

When a well-known columnist for Mumbai Mirror, veteran novelist and philanthropist, types in words like “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” expect all hell to break loose. Many people were lashing out at her with nothing but blood on their mind. After all, no bad deed goes unpunished in the world of netizens.

After a series of beautifully worded quips thrown at her, she finally broke her silence and during a discussion with a leading news portal said, “There was absolutely no malice intended. It was said out of a sense of panic. At that point it really did look like we were going to come back khaali haath… When I tweet, I don’t calculate…Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t. This time obviously it backfired.” De certainly doesn’t believe in an unadulterated wholesome public apology to the well-deserved Olympians.

  • Omar R. Quarashi

If there was anyone who could beat the infamous Shobhaa De tweet, it had to be a Pakistani Journalist. Unlike the above socialite, he didn’t stop at one tweet but went with the number 4 when it came to spitting venom about Rio Olympians. The notorious tweets came in when India was celebrating Dipa Karmakar’s excellent performance and Sakshi Malik’s bronze.

Omar R Quraishi tweets
Omar R Quraishi tweets

Needless to say, shots were fired. Not only by the regular twitterati’s but also by the Big B himself

Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar's tweets.
Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar’s tweets.
  • Sanal Kumar Sasisharan

Why should Dipa and Sakshi have all the fun? Sadly, PV Sindhu, first Indian women to win a silver at Olympics wasn’t left alone. An independent filmmaker from the south who was awarded the Best Director trophy by the Kerala State Film Awards recently mocked Sindhu by posting this comment on Facebook “Everybody is celebrating Sindhu. Makes me want to spit(throw up). What is there to celebrate so much?”

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Sanal Kumar’s FB Post

However, there was damage control, the director immediately clarified that he didn’t intend to defame her and he’s a women supporter

  • Ram Gopal Verma

These tweets by RGV make us wonder if twitter should start suspending celeb accounts while they clean up terrorist profiles from their networking site.

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767567153931354113

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767565018502164480

Looks like RGV stands unimpressed with the nation’s victory.

  • Piers Morgan

Last but definitely not the least, Mr. Piers Morgan everyone.

If you assumed that only Pakistan or Indian nationals could belittle Indian Olympians, you stand corrected my friend. Here we have, Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, a British journalist and television personality, who as I type this is being mercilessly trolled by everyone, literally.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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Indian Women Step up for #MeToo Movement And Let Their Voices Be Heard

The fire has spread from Bollywood and the comedy space to the news media industry as well, with a slew of journalists and editors being named.

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The hushed whispers are getting louder. Flickr

Call it a bonfire of the vanities or an all-consuming sacrificial havan. But the “MeToo” flames now sweeping across social media have turned into a cleansing firestorm, burning holes in carefully honed public personas and turning the heat back on those whose job is to keep the social conscience and hold the powerful to account.

From best-selling authors to creative filmmakers to senior media editors and other guardians of public morality — people across industries are being named and shamed by the “MeToo” and “Time’s Up” movements which began in Hollywood a year ago.

The irony is profound in the case of celebrity author Chetan Bhagat. With a Twitter following of over 12.3 million, Bhagat has long been an active social commentator. But it is social media that is now pestering him with questions.

“Bhagat now finds himself arraigned in the court of public opinion, having to answer charges ranging from sexual harassment to wilful abuse of power that comes from a mass culture of celebrity worship. The old cliche of idols having feet of clay couldn’t ring truer,” said a senior media analyst.

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#MeToo movement is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. #MeToo spread virally in October 2017. Flickr

On Saturday, Bhagat responded quickly to the charge with a somewhat abject apology, saying “sorry” for “going through a phase” in trying to “woo” a woman — all of this without naming the woman concerned.

“Much of what Bhagat says suggests that he believes himself to be no worse than ‘stupid’, guilty at best of misreading the drift of an intense, friendly social interaction and not being able to exercise ‘better judgment’.

“There was, as he puts it, ‘nothing physical’, ‘no lewd pictures or words were exchanged’ — as though sexual harassment cannot be said to have taken place in the absence of these overt predatory markers,” the analyst said.

In a scenario where silence or brazening it out are seen by many as an acceptable option, this may come as a relief. But is it enough, the victim might want to ask?

The lady who came out against comedian Utsav Chakraborty and opened a Pandora’s box of harassment complaints against a slew of popular comics on social media feels “punished” for telling the truth and claims she is facing post-traumatic stress disorder. And it doesn’t matter that Chakraborty wrote tweets over tweets explaining the “context” of his behaviour because the damage was done a long time ago.

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Tanushree hopes her story gives “girls a sense of confidence to come out with their story if they are suffering”.

It was actress Tanushree Dutta who last month gave the MeToo campaign the much-needed spark in India when she renewed an old allegation against acting veteran Nana Patekar of harassment on the sets of a 2008 film, “Horn OK Pleasss”. A decade ago when she came up with the same accusation, she says she felt silenced by those in power.

But now, there’s silence no more.

Leading stars have spoken up against the harassment that goes behind the gloss and glamour, and how the industry protects the “creeps” by letting complaints go unanswered or unaddressed.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has openly called “Queen” director Vikas Bahl a “creep” as the latter grabbed the spotlight, again in light of the MeToo movement, over allegations by a woman who had earlier accused him of sexually assaulting her.

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Queen” star Kangana Ranaut hasn’t been far behind in calling out Bahl,

“Will anybody do anything about this bloody creep or will the industry protect him like it always does,” questioned Mehta, who as a father of two daughters, fears they would have to deal with such “predators”.

Faced with sustained trolling and criticism, Mehta finally declared that he was “done with Twitter”.

“A platform that has ambiguous guidelines about hatred, negativity and abuse is no platform for debate or discussion — forget social change. Goodbye,” he said before deleting his account.

“Queen” star Kangana Ranaut hasn’t been far behind in calling out Bahl, who she said “bragged about having casual sex with a new partner every day”.

Two women have also come out about singer Kailash Kher.

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Two women have also come out about singer Kailash Kher.

As Nandita Das noted, “The hushed whispers are getting louder and are finally being heard.”

“Unlike in the past when such discussions disappeared all too quickly from the media, this time it appears that more people are listening. Women at the work place and outside too often face harassment and violence that almost always goes unreported. Especially, though not only, when perpetrated by powerful men.

“I am adding my voice in support with the hope that more lasting change comes out of this,” Das said.

The fire has spread from Bollywood and the comedy space to the news media industry as well, with a slew of journalists and editors being named.

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Now, as Shobhaa De puts it, there are people “waiting impatiently for ‘MeToo’ in Indian politics”.

“Who will cast the first stone?” De asked. (IANS)