Twitter has become one of the go-to platforms as far as news, current events and trends are concerned. With most of the celebrities being active on the microblogging website, even their fans and followers get the platform to interact directly with him. However, Twitter has also helped in the increase of online abuse of the stars, particularly the women.
Be it sexist comments on their outfits or negative comments if they follow a contrary political ideology, the female celebrities are often at the receiving end of abuse. As Twitter India called to celebrate women ahead of Women’s Day to be held next month, celebrities like Kavita Kaushik and Hansal Mehta were furious for their lack of action against the hatred directed at women.
The Twitter India handle urged followers to express their views on Women’s Day and share the Indian women they admire.
Kavita Kaushik reacted with fury to the post, mocking them for wanting to celebrate women. The TV actor questioned why the platform had not taken action against those trolling students, actresses, journalists, activists or any woman over their profession, character, age, physicality. The FIR star urged Twitter to do the ‘basic blacklisting taught in school.’
Hey @TwitterIndia you really wanna celebrate women ? then take action against those trolling students/actresses/journalists/ activists or any woman with an opinion by insulting their profession/character/age/physicality/etc, do the basic please blacklisting was taught in school! https://t.co/aN5N64PKZk— Kavita (@Iamkavitak) February 17, 2020
Hansal Mehta termed Twitter India’s post as ‘tokeism’, demanding that the platform stops online abuse of woman first.
Stop the online abuse of women first. Then get into all this tokenism. https://t.co/YAIhq6uaDz— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) February 16, 2020
The National Award-winning director had earlier lashed out at Twitter over the abuse he was facing and their lack of action. He had even taken a break from the medium in between. Earlier, even Anurag Kashyap had quit the medium over online abuse.
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