“When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight. I would eat and then, head right back to training. That couldn’t stop.”
Why were people angry with Salman’s words?
This is what Salman Khan had to say when he was questioned about his rigorous training regime for his upcoming movie Sultan in which he plays the role of a wrestler. Quite rightly it has evoked outrage for the fact that it belittles the physical, emotional and psychological trauma that a rape survivor goes through. It is potentially the most damaging event occurring in a woman’s life which can leave permanent scars, sometimes even bringing about death. Any joke related to rape cannot sound funny to any woman who goes through it or imagines herself going through it.
Salman’s followers crossed the red line
If what Salman khan said was outrageous, his ardent followers were even worse. They have blindly defended him without understanding the implication of what he has said, or worse still, despite understanding that. They have gone one step further and trolled and abused anyone who has tried to publicly criticize him on social media like Twitter. The concept of accepting their role model’s fault and demanding apology seems alien to them and many of the ardent followers of celebrities, politicians and political parties. Instead, they have threatened those who have criticized him with abuses and physical harm. For instance, Sona Mohapatra who made the following comment on Mr. Khan’s recent blunder. “Women thrashed,people run over,wild life massacred & yet #hero of the nation.’Unfair’. India full of such supporters” was met with abusive comments from many of Salman Khan’s followers and fans. The replies she got were crass, misogynistic and full of abuse.
There is a thin line of similarity between the ardent followers of any public personality or entity including political parties and religious organizations in our country who have established the trend of being abusive and threatening to those who try to bring to notice any wrongdoing on behalf of their political candidates / parties or religious gurus. Blind following is becoming a menace on social media, choking free speech and civil debates and opinions. Be it political parties or celebrities or any public figure, their ardent followers have quite often crossed the line of civility in putting forth their opinions
The Logical Indian appeals to all the people who are on social media to not to take the abusive route while making your opinions known. We request everyone to encourage civil debate where we collectively decide on what is right or wrong.