Friday April 3, 2020
Home Entertainment Shades of Pre...

Shades of Prejudice: Bollywood celebrities add weight to skin colour debate

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee's outrage upon facing a "racist attack" on a nationally televised comedy show has led several celebrities in Bollywood to condemn the idea of humor surrounding skin color --a prejudice deeply rooted in the society

1
//
Tannishtha Chatterjee. Wikimedia
Mumbai, September 29, 2016: Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee’s outrage upon facing a “racist attack” on a nationally televised comedy show has led several celebrities in Bollywood to condemn the idea of humor surrounding skin color –a prejudice deeply rooted in the society.
NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India
Clearly, Tannishtha was not amused with the ‘roast’ that she went for on “Comedy Nights Bachao”, and she wrote a Facebook post to vent her anger after experiencing that the only thing the hosts could ‘roast’ about a dark-skinned actress was “of course her dark skin”.
 Her post went viral on social media, leading to a debate on the limit to humor.
Upset about Tannishtha’s experience, filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit called the show “sexist”.
“Why comment on Tannishtha’s skin color? Never heard ‘roast’ masters commenting on skin color of male superstars! Sexist. Roast Vs Racism,” Pandit tweeted on Wednesday, adding that he doesn’t find vulgarity funny.
“Today I’m vindicated that India feels offended when a woman is humiliated in the name of roast and humor. Vulgarity isn’t funny! Roast Vs Racism,” added Pandit, who is also a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
He recounted the All India Bakchod (AIB) Knockout Roast of January 2015 which involved leading Bollywood celebrities and was widely slammed for its offensive and explicit content.
Go to NewsGram and check out news related to political current issues
“That was the beginning of offensive humor, now deal with it,” he said and added: “Anyone who had supported AIB would be fine with racist comments on a woman. I’m sure the actresses laughing at the roast don’t find this racist.”
Actress Pooja Bedi joined in the debate, saying her skin color is her pride.
“If someone took off about my skin color, I’d say I love my color and I put sun-tan (not sunblock) and lie in the sun! Pride for me, prejudice for you. All extremes are brunt of jokes. Tall/short dark/fair virgin/prostitute. Remember Bachchan song ‘Jiski biwi gori/lambi’ etc? Roast Vs Racism,” Pooja tweeted.
Actress Lisa Ray said: “Even considering that dark skin is a joke comes from very deep prejudice.”
Swara Bhaskar, who is known for being vocal about her views on social issues in the country, hailed Tannishtha’s bravado in speaking up about the issue.
“Good on you Tanishtha Chatterjee! Big love, big hug and high five! You go girl,” Swara tweeted. Even her “Angry Indian Goddesses” co-star Sandhya Mridul said: “She’s a tiger! Go get them all Tan.”
Look for latest news from India in NewsGram
Tannishtha was a guest on “Comedy Nights Bachao” to promote her latest film “Parched” with director Leena Yadav and co-actor Radhika Apte. Tannishtha is said to have stormed out of the sets mid-shoot due to the “blatantly racist attack”, wherein she was asked ‘Aap ko jamun bahut pasand hoga zaroor…?'”
After her post went viral, Colors issued an apology to her for “any hurt that was unwittingly caused”. (IANS)

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Shows like AIB knockout is the example of Indian society turning in to western, how much we people are facinate with western world that we have forgotten essence of our culture. These shows are with no meaning. It doesn’t make any sense to support this kind of shows.

Next Story

People Have Faith in Modi Government to Handle COVID-19 Crisis

Over 83% trust Modi govt will handle COVID-19 crisis well

0
Modi government
The Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

As the Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, 83.5 per cent people from various states “trust in government” in handling the crisis.

The findings came out in the IANS-CVoter exclusive tracker on COVID-19 Wave 2 survey conducted during last seven days among 18 plus adults nationwide. The findings and projections are based on Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Replying to a question “I think Indian government is handling the coronavirus well”, 83.5 per cent people agreed that they trust in government’s steps being taken in fight against the deadly disease, and 9.4 per cent expressed their disagreement. The survey was conducted on March 26 and 27. Of the 83.5 per cent who showed their trust in government, 66.4 per cent strongly agree with the opinion and 17.1 agree with the view.

Please follow NewsGram on Facebook to get the latest news updates

A similar survey on the same question done on March 17 and 18 showed that 83.6 per cent people expressed their trust in government in fight against the pandemic which so far has claimed 29 lives and over 1,000 conformed cases. A total of 13.7 per cent people expressed their disagreement.

Modi government
83.5 per cent people from various states trust the Modi government in handling the COVID-19 crisis. Wikimedia Commons

As per the tracker, the data is weighted to the known demographic profile of the states. Sometimes the table figures do not sum to 100 due to the effects of rounding, it says. “Our final data file has socio-economic profile within plus 1 per cent of the demographic profile of the state. We believe this will give the closest possible trends.”

The Tracking Pol fieldwork covers random probability samples during the last seven days from the release date and that the sample spread is across all assembly segments across all states. This survey covers all states in India and was conducted in 10 languages as part of our routine OmniBus, it says.

Please follow NewsGram on Twitter to get the latest news updates

“This is a thorough random probability sample; and we are ensuring a proper representative analysis by statistical weighing of the data to make it representative of the local population as per the latest census and or other available demographic benchmarks.”

Also Read- Castro Gang Murders: How Cuba Eliminated An Opposition

The data clarified that it strictly follows the WAPOR code of conduct (World Association of Public Opinion Research) for our ethical and transparent scientific practices and have incorporated the PCI (Press Council of India ) guidelines as our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). (IANS)