Ram Gopal Verma is known for his controversial statements. Taking a look at his tweets, it exudes the aura of a man who is not just much opinionated but very judgemental. His habit of making controversial statements is now considered a part oh his personality. Most recently, though, his tweet ‘wishing’ women on International Women’s Day made headlines. It read “I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives.”
Sunny Leone who kept quiet all through the while has also reacted to the incident through a video. “I read all news today. I believe change only happens when we have one voice. So, choose your words wisely,” she said in the video. The last update is RGV’s public apology. He has apologised to women everywhere for hurting their sentiments. He wrote, “Was just expressing my feelings but I apologise to all who were offended due to my unintended insensitive tweets in context of women’s day,” and added, “My apology is only to those who genuinely got offended and not to those who ranted for publicity nd threatened to take law into their hands.”
To have opinions, and to express them does come under the Freedom of Speech Act in our country. However, is it okay to trivialise what women go through every day? There are still women who are being harassed on the streets because they are thought of as objects solely made for the purpose of ‘making men happy’. Women are being harassed because men think stalking is romantic. Where did they get this idea? From films helmed by directors like Ram Gopal Varma. There are men who think it is okay to not give women a choice because they expect to get away with everything, just like how Ram Gopal Varma has gotten away with this comments and statements and with his public apology.
By: Tanushree Raina