Deepika Padukone makes a very strong statement about TimesUp movement, says “Men need to be protected as well” watch video
Deepika Padukone is one of the few actresses who have spoken up about social issues when necessary. She still remains one of the rare Bollywood actresses who opened up about suffering from depression and supported the cause of promoting mental health awareness. Now, she has said that she is open to promote a movement like #TimesUp as well. In an interview with Anupama Chopra, when asked about it, Deepika said, “Absolutely. I would definitely endorse that. Time’s Up is a movement against sexual harassment in Hollywood, which was founded by top actresses in response to Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement on Twitter.
Soon, Deepika made a very strong statement about such a movement that many a times we forget to pay heed to. She said that this movement should be inclusive and protective of people from all the genders. “I would also think that it is also important to be gender neutral. While I do think that women in our country need to be protected, there are some men who need to be protected as well. I don’t think this should become a battle of male vs female. I think it’s about right vs wrong.” she said.
In an exclusive interview with BollywoodLife, Radhika Apte had also said something along the same lines when asked to comment on the #MeToo movement. She had said, “You need to have the courage to make space for people to speak (voice their grievances) and actually support them.” She further stated that it’s a very complicated thing. “Moreover, it is not just about top actresses but also newcomers who leave everything behind and come to the city with aspirations. Men also get exploited. It is a power game at the end of the day and someone has to say no and begin the process.” she had said.
To be noted that a few days ago, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri had recalled an incident from the past on social media and alleged that his nephew from US fled Bollywood after being sexually accosted by a “powerful” name from the industry. He also said that sexual exploitation is not common to any gender. Agnihotri had revealed the incident in a tweet. Explaining it in an interview, he said, “I tweeted in the context that it’s not just women who are forced to compromise, that even young boys do go through the trauma. It can’t be just a women’s #MeToo.