As Nayanthara-Radha Ravi controversy gathers steam, with celebrities condemning Radha Ravi’s sexist comments against the actress, actor Siddharth took a dig at the industry’s response during #MeToo.
In a tweet, seemingly directed at Nayanthara, Siddharth asked why powerful women were silent during the #MeToo movement. “I was shocked that my entire fraternity was either silent or cynical about the #MeToo movement; I silently rued the fact that it would take only the anger of a powerful woman to make the sleeping wake up. If you speak up only when your own are affected, it’s not called bravery,” he wrote.
I was shocked that my entire fraternity was either silent or cynical about the #MeToo movement; I silently rued the fact that it would take only the anger of a powerful woman to make the sleeping wake up. If you speak up only when your own are affected, it’s not called bravery.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) March 24, 2019
In response, Nayanthara’s fiancée and director Vignesh ShivN tweeted a statement in support of Nayanthara. “One’s silence on social media does not mean that they are not supporting an issue. Nayanthara has always stood for the safety and welfare of women. She has openly endorsed the importance of a safe and comfortable work atmosphere for women in her movies too which has bigger reach than twitter,” he wrote.
— Vignesh Shivan (@VigneshShivN) March 25, 2019
However this justification from Vignesh does not convinced many of his followers. They questioned some sentences that took place in his statement such as “employed few me too victims” and “failed to broadcast it in social media due to obvious reasons”
Check out some of their reactions :
It is a wrong illogical stand. What if everybody also chooses not to voice out or condemn Radharavi vocally, but “silently support her due to obvious reasons”? All of us stand to vocally vociferously condemn him now. She also should have done the same. No Ifs and Buts please.
— Chowkidar Ashok Sundaresan (@Ashoksundar) March 25, 2019
This situation requires a voice, solidarity and support. Nayan is a powerful woman in the industry. If she had addressed this issue, it would’ve been a game changer. She could’ve supported @Chinmayi and others when they needed it the most.
— Sanmitha (@Sanmitha007) March 25, 2019
With all due respect, I don’t think that this is an apt reply. “Employing a few #Metoo victims ” isn’t a favour. They are human beings, just like us, so it is, in no way, a great humanitarian deed. Also, silence cannot be the answer in all situations!
— Sanmitha (@Sanmitha007) March 25, 2019
Silence on social media and total silence are not the same thing. Siddarth was spot on. If the lady superstar were to publicly speak up/condemn, the #Metooindia movement would see great furtherance. And Chinmayi would get some much-needed backing.
— Vidhya V Hayagreev (@anjanasrivatsan) March 25, 2019
Dear @VigneshShivN you are kodhichifying bcoz #Radharavi slutshamed Nayanthara or women? Haven’t heard your voice before for similar issues #Selectiveoutrage. உன் பிரச்சனைக்காக போராடினால் அது சுயநலம், உன் பிரச்சனையே இல்லையென்றாலும் போராடினால் அது பொதுநலம்!
— Noor Magesh (@NoorMagesh) March 25, 2019
Whatever he says s not acceptable…but it s not the first time he speak like dis…dis s what @Actor_Siddharth asks….y many of them silent during those speech and rise when accused personally affected..
— Sudarson (@sudarson1712) March 25, 2019
Who wrote this!?! He/she must word it better! What’s ‘employed a few me too victims’ I don’t get it!? Your intention back fires when it’s worded this way.
— Raisa Nasreen (@RaisaNasreen) March 25, 2019
“Employed #metoo victims”? I don’t think Nayan is doing them a favor. That’s quite condescending!
— how’s the rogan josh? (@ikaipullai) March 25, 2019
@VigneshShivN we can slowly comeback to the question of the support on #metoo after you get back your normalcy from this incident. But keeping quiet when a mistake happens is no less than supporting. Whatever may be the reason . My 2 cents .
— I’m அபிநந்தன் (@AbeeNandan) March 25, 2019
This argument lacks common sense. Metoo is all about speaking out and bringing the predators to light and he’s claiming that she chose not to talk about it for obvious reasons. What are they? fame or for movie chances? How is employing metoo victims supporting metoo? Stupid!
— Beni Panicker (@panicker_beni) March 25, 2019
Now u are being a spoil sport !!! Wat is need for this statement wen entire industry is standing in a single line against RadhaRavi ?? None came for @Chinmayi or other #MeToo victims . // Nayan Morally and financially supported Me too victims // Dude dats not a FAVOR 🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️
— DemoGorgoN (@Sham_Rahmaniac) March 25, 2019
What do you think on this statement of Vignesh Shivan ?? Comment your views below !!