Remember how Salman Khan’s “felt like a raped woman” referring to the gruelling preparations he had to undergo for his role in Sultan, left many fuming? Given how it is absolutely ludicrous to make a rape joke or equate the torture with anything else, many rightfully expected the actor to apologise. Among them were Kangana Ranaut, known for her feisty ways and speaking her mind. While back then the Queen actor condemned Khan’s statement, a video of her laughing as Neerja actor Jim Sarbh ‘cracked a rape joke’ at a party now has gone viral, leaving many fuming.
The actors were reportedly at an after-party at the Cannes 2018, where both of them were representing a liquor brand. In the video, Sarbh does a caricature joke on Punjabis that goes: “I’d rather be raped by 12 prostitutes than touch alcohol and the Punjabi says ‘Me too, I didn’t know that was an option.” Ranaut, standing beside Sarbh, is seen bursting into laughter just as he completes his so-called joke.
Given how Ranaut, whose vocal feminist stands have won hearts in the past, started laughing over Sarbh’s ‘joke’ on rape, an outrage broke out on social media, unsurprisingly so. While the words “double standards” and “hypocrisy” were liberally used, Sarbh issued a clarification on his part, according to a report by Firstpost.
His representatives explained that he was enacting parts of a “dark satire” play in his private space where this was recorded without his permission, following which his comments were taken out of context. “Sexual violence is a serious issue and I treat it as such. It is unfortunate that my comments were taken out of context. I do not now nor have I ever condoned any form of sexual violence,” the actor reportedly said, addressing the issue.
Watch the clip that has gone viral, here. The text on the clip read thus: “The last night! The reason why we are all going to hell! @JimSarbhforreal entertained us with his morbid jokes… N we couldn’t get enough!!”
Meanwhile here are the responses the video garnered on the micro-blogging site.
Jim Sarbh is cancelled.
One. He made a hideous joke and included a vital thing called ‘Rape’
Two. he included ‘prostitute’ in that “I would rather be raped by 12 prostitutes…” are you freaking kidding me ? you just stated that they are as equal as Rapists ?
Go get a life man
— Fuddu (@_shruti_singh_) May 15, 2018
Dear Jim Sarbh/ Kangana Ranaut
Rape jokes are not funny. Rape is NOT a joke. If you tell or laugh at jokes about rape you are a part of the problem. https://t.co/Pk5bSB9zCr
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@karishmau) May 15, 2018
— Dhruvesh Shah ✨ (@dhruveshshahz16) May 17, 2018
After Bashing #SalmanKhan #KanganaRanaut laughs on a rape joke by Jim Sarbh
These almost ppl…think it’s okay to joke n laugh about rape.We live in a society that teaches women to defend themselves from rape, instead of teaching men not to rape women n they laugh!
Shame on u! pic.twitter.com/CmH21MQaAg
— Samy Gioia (@SamyGioia) May 18, 2018
Someone needs to tell these actors that rape is NOT funny https://t.co/t54icxM7bV
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@karishmau) May 17, 2018
Hypocrisy of #KanganaRanaut
got EXPOSED !!
Kangana laughs as Jim Sarbh jokes about “RAPE” at a Cannes event.
Interesting thing was she once bashed popular star for using this word “Rape” and called that insensitive.
But now she herself joking around.👎https://t.co/yRsW3vtujA
— Sanket_KAABIL Indian (@iSanket_363) May 17, 2018
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