Rani Mukerji’s #MeToo comments cause furore on social media
Veteran Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji has stirred up a storm on social media after her controversial remarks regarding the #MeToo movement, with Twitterati claiming that she took a victim-blaming approach to ending sexual harassment.
The Mardani actress was part of a panel comprising Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Tabu and Taapsee Pannu hosted by CNN-News18’s Rajeev Masand.
When the #MeToo movement came up for discussion, Rani shocked everyone at the table by saying that the solution to ending and battling sexual harassment lay in teaching women the art of self-defence.
“I think everything relates to what you want out of your life… It’s important for women to believe in themselves and say that if they don’t want it [harassment] to happen, it will not happen. And if they’re in that situation the man should suffer right then and there. Either kick him between his legs or give him such a jhappar of his lifetime that the man will remember [that this woman beat me] and will not harass other women in the future. You should have the courage to protect yourself,” she said.
Her comments made other members of the panel, including Deepika, visibly uncomfortable who interjected to explain to Rani that it was not possible for all women to defend themselves.
“I agree with you but what I’m trying to say is that not everyone is constructed with that DNA (to defend themselves),” she said.
“Those are the women we need to talk to and tell them that they need to change,” she said.
Anushka Sharma interrupted and said that we should blame the perpetrator of sexual harassment rather than speak to the women who are victims.
Rani also disagreed with her.
“We can’t depend on how the other person will behave with us and have to take responsibility for our own selves,” she said.
Alia Bhatt spoke of how young girls were abused in their homes by their uncles and close relatives. Rani Mukerji then said that it was important for self-defence training to be imparted to girls in schools.
Needless to say, her comments invited a lot of rage on Twitter.
Rani Mukerji is CANCELLED forever until she EDUCATES herself.
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?
— Reya (@that_girl_reya) December 29, 2018
Hey, Rani Mukerji, just a quick reminder because it seems to me you’re being awfully forgetful or just awfully ignorant, but either way listen carefully.
The #MeToo movement was stemmed from an issue of power abuse, not the lack of self defence. +pic.twitter.com/UFhZQ55kAt
— Shreya || Promise (@listenboitae) December 30, 2018
Gosh the Rani Mukerji bit about Me Too is SO awkward. Thank fuck for Deepika talking sense. https://t.co/VgYYatQSzI
— Adeel Amini (@adeelamini) December 29, 2018
#RaniMukerji was never relevant enough to be cancelled but seeing what she had to say abt #Metoo movement is truly appalling. The woman who has the biggest production house behind her rich entitled ass saying women should behave themselves? You’ve got to be kidding me!!! pic.twitter.com/RSN6jC5QNX
— ً (@srkkajol_) December 29, 2018
Ok. So you can’t tell hundreds of mothers that they shouldn’t bring up misogynistic sons but you want to tell millions of girls out there to compulsorily learn martial arts and defend themselves? This is nothing but victim shaming and blaming.
Shame on you, Rani Mukerji! https://t.co/cfvn74fzPM
— Sumeet Kaur (@Sumeetkaur102) December 30, 2018
I’m cringing my soul out! Rani’s take on #Metoo is the worst thing I have ever heard, she’s basically saying that the victims should change but not the other way around. Annoying as fuck that she didn’t let Anu & Deepika talk… #RaniMukerji pic.twitter.com/du5ieVYhW1
— ♡ (@bollypardesi) December 30, 2018
Can Rani Mukerji stfu, I just saw the Actresses Roundtable and I want to scream because ma’am is so privileged and ignorant about the world around her.
— v day 💕 (@teambtsoutsold) December 30, 2018
Watched the Actress’ roundtable. Love her but Rani Mukerji har baat pe naak ghusa deti hai. Annoying hai kaafi. And her stance on #metoo is stupid and banal.
— Hipster (@Hipsterrrific) December 29, 2018
As #KanganaRanaut always says people coming from privileged backgrounds won’t really understand what happens in reality, they are happy in their own bubble and #RaniMukerji is one of them! She was so regressive in Roundtable and @deepikapadukone was most progressive of the lot! https://t.co/wWSHm5qcC9
— Abinash Gupta (@Abinash03111992) December 30, 2018
Rani Mukerji saying women need to take self-defense classes as a response to a #MeToo discussion is probably one of the worst takes I’ve ever heard because the issue here is men sexually assaulting women, not women being incapable of stopping it.
— sai (@Saisailu97) December 29, 2018
Rani Mukerji really thought she was doing something but all she has done is once again put all the responsibility on women to protect themselves when the real focus here should be on holding men accountable to a point where sexual harassment isn’t happening to begin with https://t.co/QfyiAZgNTc
— sai (@Saisailu97) December 29, 2018