Sunday, 17 October 2021

Sexist, racist jokes are not funny: Sonam Kapoor

BOLLYWOOD: Sonam Kapoor has penned down a note about how people must learn to deal with the #MeToo wave.

The actress said that “We shouldn’t stay quiet because we fear hurting someone.”

She remarked that the sexist jokes are not funny, especially in an environment which is rife with sexism and discrimination.

“As Indians, we tend to laugh at inappropriate jokes out of politeness. It’s not funny, it has never been funny. Roasts, for example, are not funny. It’s not okay to make sexist, homophobic, racist jokes…”, she wrote.

The Neerja actress admitted that Bollywood movies and item songs help perpetuate objectification of women but also termed ‘labels’ as the problem. She said that it’s good if someone owns up to their sexuality “But the labels are wrong. The sexist propaganda is wrong.”

Sonam said that women who are telling their stories are taking on incredible personal risk so we owe them trust and support.

She believes that “consent can never be silent” and a person must seek permission before touching another person.

The actress said that people’s mentality needs to be changed. “An entire mental reboot is needed – a shift in mindset which acknowledges that sons and daughters should not be treated differently.”

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