Bollywood Star Parineeti Chopra Shuts Down Sexist Journalist’s Question

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When you think of India, a lot of people think of the rich culture, history, traditions, and of course Bollywood! But in the last few years it has been known for something a lot more sinister and sad: violence toward women. After the gang rape of a young woman on a Delhi bus sparked outrage around the world, more and more stories of rape, acid attacks, murder and gender violence have been coming out of the woodwork.

It begged the question: how long as this been going on for and how long have the Indian authorities been covering up these cases?

More and more news stories surfaced, and the people of India (both men and women) have also been protesting their government urging them to act. Newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to take action and implement laws which allow the prosecution of perpetrators, because previously there haven’t been much in the way of protection from authorities for victims.

It’s not just the government that need to act, it’s the entire country that needs to be aware and recognize women as equals. There have been Bollywood stars (often revered as gods and goddesses in India) speaking out about these horrendous crimes against women, including Mallika Sherawat, and Aamir Khan.

Now another young Bollywood star has spoken out against the blatant sexism still running rampant amongst the Indian population.

Parineeti Chopra, actress and reality TV star was at a press conference to promote her new show when a male journalist had the balls to ask a stupidly sexist question. It’s not necessarily the actual question that was the problem, but the fact that men in India think its funny (as you’ll see in the video below) and normal to act in a misogynistic manner toward women.

In their defense it has been going on for so long that they probably just don’t know any different, nor have they ever been reprimanded much by the sounds of all these stories of honor killings, hangings, gang rapes and murders which happen to women.

The journalist asked Parineeti Chopra about the fact that when girls are young, they “enjoy it” and when they become mature, they shout at men about the same thing. Clearly he was talking about sex or male attention in general. But his question missed the mark. In his assessment of girls “liking it” he failed to recognize that his was a skewed and biased male point of view.

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There is a good chance he had never asked any of “those girls” what they actually thought, he was probably so used to not valuing a woman’s opinion nor counting it as anything worth taking into account…until now.

Parineeti answered in the best way possible by shutting him down and showing the rest of the journalists, as well as the over 400,000 people who have viewed the video on Youtube that this sh@t will no longer be tolerated by women.

“Whether it is sex or a kiss, there are always two people involved and not just one.” Her answer perfectly summed up what has been missing in the minds of all the sexist perpetrators in India: that they don’t value the second person in the situation.

Violence against women is not just a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue, and we need just as many men standing up for justice as we do women. It is not just a fight for feminists, but for everyone who believes violating another human being against their will is considered a punishable crime.

Here’s hoping men in powerful positions such as Prime Minister Modi can turn this situation around in India, and lead by example. You know the saying, “a team is only as strong as it’s leader”, and if India elected the right guy, perhaps we will start to hear more news stories about perpetrators being brought to justice, rather than criminals who continually get away with these acts.

Well done Parineeti Chopra and all the other Bollywood stars in positions of influence who aren’t afraid to speak out for the women in India.


 

 

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