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Kerala film director finally speaks out on ‘spit on PV Sindhu’ misquote

After keeping mum for a few days despite facing massive backlash, Sasidharan finally decided to speak up in a long Facbook post.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: August 24, 2016 1:09 pm
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan has something to say that you must read

PV Sindhu’s win is being celebrated across the country and justifiably so. She won a silver medal for the country at the Rio Olympics at a time when our medal tally read just one, thanks to wrestler Sakshi Malik’s bronze. Though, two medals out a contingent of 119 may not be much to boast if we look at the bigger picture, but the insane euphoria around the win knows no bounds.

So, when Kerala-based director and poet Sanal Kumar Sasidharan said something that sounded not-so-positive about Sindhu, people on social media abused and ridiculed him left, right and centre.

“Everyone is celebrating Sindhu! But what if I spit out?… Oh, what is there in all this to celebrate so much!!” he wrote in Malayalam, and in no time his post went viral and the comments section on Facebook was filled with profanity and expletives.

sanal facebook message

After keeping mum for a few days despite facing massive backlash, Sasidharan finally decided to speak up in a long Facbook post he originally wrote in Malayalam. He said people had failed to understand what he actually meant in that post and that he will not explain himself to those who have a singular point of view. But he made sure he put forth the point that he didn’t mean to demean Sindhu in any way especially in a patriarchal society like India.

“It is worthless to explain to a mad crowd, who only want to abuse and attack without spending even a few seconds to understand what I said actually. I only wish to say one thing that, I am not mad to demean a lady who fought and won for the entire female community in our patriarchal country. It was one of the greatest victory in this Olympics because she was fighting from a nation which is suffering from female suppression for centuries. Ours is a country which gives first priority to discuss the dressing of a girl who falls victim of rapes and molestation. Ours is a country which is still ashamed of the incidents of female foeticides,” he wrote.

In his post, he also blamed the Indian media for their lack of understanding and sense of humour as many media publications shared his post with headlines that said he wants to ‘spit on’ Sindhu. “People who do not understand satire and without a minimum sense of humor are ruling the media. They are hungry for sensational news. It is horrifying to see that my status criticizing those fake intellectuals who where trying to demean the victory of PV Sindhu in Olympics, was misread and misinterpreted and being used against me by some national medias (?) too.”

Read his post here:

In his original post in Malayalam, he said he pitied the so-called Facebook activists who just want to jump on conclusions without comprehension.

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  1. Mohan Om
    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm
    Recent past one atheist's daughter become a jihadi. Now he is crying that left people didn't help him. I think you can understand..
    1. prakash gotimukul
      Aug 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm
      If you say I want to spit on Burkha D or DeS, or kanwal , Sardesai, Shekar G, we will never make a mistake or misunderstand. Now you know who twist words in media. All these got it when they were in womb. Now just say I spit on them
      1. A
        Aug 24, 2016 at 9:45 am
        Irony of Indianexpress crying about a misquote
        1. B
          big b
          Aug 24, 2016 at 11:07 am
          I think his satire was mistaken. He was just enacting that 'Karanavar / Uncle Family Head' of the Patriarchial set up who treated women like objects of desire and is impatient in seeing the rise of a lady with a silver medal. If it was in the olden says the Uncle Figure head would have arrogany said " The w world is celeberating the success of this lady Sindhu, I am going to spit on her". This was just to indicate the lack of freedom that women suffered in India..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He was merely making fun of the ills of our society.. The only thing was he could not make it more simple for people to understand..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thats my logical take on it..
          1. g
            Aug 24, 2016 at 8:21 am
            As he is enled to his freedom of speech, the people who talk about his utterances are also enled to freedom of speech. Just ignore.
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