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Nayanthara breaks silence over Radha Ravi controversy

Nayanthara said she felt “compelled to issue a detailed statement so as to clarify my own position and also to champion the cause of women who bear the brunt of male insensitivities and sexism”.

By: Entertainment Desk | Chennai | Updated: March 25, 2019 4:34:47 pm
nayanthara photos Nayanthara will be seen next in Airaa. (Photo: Nayanthara/Instagram)

Nayanthara on Monday broke her silence in the wake of misogynistic remarks made by Radha Ravi against her at the trailer launch of Kolaiyuthir Kaalam.

In a statement, Nayanthara mentioned that she felt “compelled to issue a detailed statement so as to clarify my own position and also to champion the cause of women who bear the brunt of male insensitivities and sexism”.

The actor also condemned Radha Ravi for his derogatory statements against women and said that as a senior actor, he should have led by example but instead he has chosen to be a “misogynist role model”.

Nayanthara also addressed the Nadigar Sangam and asked when the organisation is going to set up an Internal Complaints Committee for cases like these. She even went on to ask if an inquiry against Radha Ravi is going to take place as per the Vishaka guidelines.

Read Nayanthara’s full statement here:

I rarely issue public statements, as I have always allowed my professional work to speak for itself. However desperate times mandate desperate measures. Today, I am compelled to issue a detailed statement so as to clarify my own position and also to champion the cause of women who bear the brunt of male insensitivities and sexism.

First and foremost, it is my bounden duty to place on record my sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to the President of Dravida Munetra Kazhagam Thiru.M.K Stalin for swiftly taking action against misogynistic speeches of Thiru.Radha Ravi. My sincere thanks to you sir.

At the outset, I would like to remind Mr. Radha Ravi and the likes of misogynists like him that they were also given birth by a woman. By demeaning status of women and passing sexist remarks, these retarded men get a feeling of machismo. I feel terribly sorry for the way they treat women in an opinionated way and my empathy remains with all the women who live in the families of these ‘macho’ men. As an actor of considerable seniority and work experience, Mr. Radha Ravi should have led the younger generation by example, instead he has chosen to take up the role of a “misogynist” role model. These are troubled times for women as women are establishing themselves predominantly in every field of public life and asserting their due place in this era of meritocracy. When actors like Mr. Radha Ravi fall out of business and become irrelevant, they tend to rely on cheap popularity tactics in order to grab some limelight.

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What remains ghastly shocking about his male chauvinistic speeches are that he never ceases to get applause and laughs from some members of the audience. As long as the audience encourage sexist remarks, speakers like Mr. Radha Ravi will continue to thrive on misogyny and cracking of denigrating jokes against women. I strongly urge well-intentioned citizens and my beloved fans to deeply discourage the behaviour of the likes of Mr. Radha Ravi. Notwithstanding the aforesaid advisory, through this statement I would like to strongly register my condemnation and protest against the derogatory speeches made by Mr. Radha Ravi against women and children in general and me in specific.

God has been amply kind in giving me wonderful professional opportunities and the affectionate movie-goers of Tamil Nadu have amply rewarded me for my good performances. Irrespective of all negative remarks and aspersions cast upon me, I shall continue to take up the multifaceted roles of Sita, ghost, Goddess, friend, lover, so and so forth with the sole intention of providing maximum entertainment to my fans.

Lastly, my humble question to the South Indian Artiste’s Association (Nadigar Sangam):- Will you set up an Internal Complaints Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s dictum and commence an internal inquiry as per the Vishaka Guidelines???

Also Read | Nadigar Sangam sends letter of condemnation to Radha Ravi over misogynistic comments

Once again, thanking all the good hearts who have stood by me yet again supporting me through this little phase of negativity.

Now getting back to work!

With God’s grace and your unconditional love as always

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