Courtesy : Kangana Ranaut
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut does not know to mince her words and is always blunt about her opinions. She has often called out celebrities for their ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘double standards’. And as B Town celebs express outrage over the killing of George Floyd, Kangana questions their silence over the lynching of Sadhus, that took place in Mumbai a few weeks ago.
Celebs like Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan have expressed their concern towards the killing of a black man by a white policeman in the United States which has resulted in mass protests and destruction.
Kangana is not impressed with their reactions and slammed the same celebrities for keeping mum when injustice and incidents occur in their own country land. In an interview to Pinkvilla, Kangana said, “The Sadhu lynching happened a couple of weeks ago; still no one said a word. It happened in Maharashtra where most of these celebrities reside…Bollywood anyway is a derived name from Hollywood. It is a shame they [Bollywood celebrities] continue to live in a bubble and never fail to jump on the bandwagon, which can give them two minutes of fame, but ‘white people’ must drive the bandwagon."
The actress adds: “Perhaps, it is because of their pre-independence colonial slavery genes.”
Kangana also mentions how the Bollywood industry supports foreign environmentalists but fails to appreciate and acknowledge the ones working relentlessly in their own country. “Even for environmental issues, you see them fight for a white teenage kid but so many incredible elderly women and even children. They are doing exceptionally well in India on environmental matters without any help or support. Some of them were honoured with the Padma Shri award. I was amazed to see their stories, but they never get the same acknowledgement from the industry. Perhaps, sadhus or tribal people aren’t fancy enough for the Bollywood crowd or their followers.”
Politician Omar Abdullah too pointed out the selective outrage by Bollywood celebrities and wrote on Twitter, “So much respect for all the celebrities tweeting #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER. It takes courage to bring your cowardice to the fore when you tweet for American lives but can’t tweet for Indian lives.”