Kamal Haasan© GettyImages

Why Are People Angry At Kamal Haasan And His Recent Tweets?

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

ICYMI, actor Kamal Haasan joined the likes of Neeraj Chopra, Swara Bhaskar, Pooja Bhatt, and Sonu Sood when he publicly showed support for the wrestlers who have been protesting for weeks at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.

Prominent Indian wrestlers like Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia have been protesting against government’s inactivity in the sexual harassment case against BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan. Yesterday, Delhi Police detained over 100 protestors, including the wrestlers, over ‘rioting’ and ‘unlawful assembly’.

Protesting Wrestlers Detained Trying To March To New Parliament Building, Delhi Police Clears Protest Site©GettyImages

Recently, Haasan took to Twitter to express his anger at how these wrestlers have been forced to “fight for personal safety” when they should have been fighting for national glory.

While many lauded the actor for speaking up and showing support for the wrestlers, there were some who thought it was convenient for Haasan to pick the issues he wants to support while ignoring ones right under his nose.

Amongst the latter was Tamil singer Chinmayi Sripada.

Why did Chinmaya Sripada call out Kamal Haasan on Twitter?

Back in 2018, the singer had named veteran lyricist Vairamuth during the ‘Me Too’ movement for sexually harassing her during a recording of a song. Sripada had received little support from her peers and was effectively banned from working in the Tamil film industry.

Sripada called out Haasan for vocally supporting the wrestlers and their “personal safety” while not having anything to say about how his own industry treated a serious allegation of sexual violence.

To nobody’s surprise, Sripada started getting attacked by Haasan’s fans and followers and was accused of ‘what aboutery’ by many.

Singer Sona Mohapatra, another celebrity who was vocal during the ‘Me Too’ movement, showed support for her fellow singer and slammed people for shaming her.

So far, Haasan has not responded to Sripada’s statements.