Bollywood actor Preity Zinta has accused an entertainment website for allegedly distorting her response on MeToo movement to ‘trivialis & be insensitive.’ This was after Preity faced social media roasting for poking fun at what’s now being deemed as India’s own MeToo movement.
Speaking to website Bollywood Hungama, Preity had said, “I think it’s important that this MeToo movement started but it’s important that women use it for the right thing because there are men and women that would use their position of power for their advantage. But I do feel bad that women are using it when it’s not that serious, for personal vendetta or for publicity. There’s a very small percentage of women that are using it and they are diluting the movement.”
She went on to add, “But there are also women, who’ve gone through all of this…But this MeToo movement, if this much (using her hand gesture) in the film industry, it’s that much (significantly more) in other industries…But, if you are telling me that it’s not in other industry, business world or politics, that’s rubbish.”
She was then asked if anyone ever tried to sexually harass her in the film industry, she replied laughingly, “No, I haven’t, I wished I had. At least I would have an answer to tell you…No That’s what I am saying that this is very relevant question because people treat you the way you want to be treated.”
Priety faced huge backlash on social media after the video of the interview was uploaded on internet. Journalist Vasudha Venugopal wrote, “Two big disappointments this month, Virat K and Preity Z :(” Another user ‘Oxynom’ wrote, “Lost all respect for Preity. Here she is no different from a Rakhi Sawant. Shame on Faridoon as well, who’s a trash journalist & a trashier human being, for not countering her then and there, and instead indulging her and providing her with a platform to air her regressive views.”
The official Twitter handle of MeTooIndia wrote, “Interviewer: Personally have you ever experienced? Preity: I wish I had. Though I heard a line: ‘aaj ki sweetu, kal ki Me Too ho sakti hai’ As someone who filed a complaint against Ness Wadia for alleged molestation and abuse, this is terribly disappointing.”
Faced with public backlash, Preity tweeted accusing the website of editing her quotes with malicious intention. She wrote, “Really sad 2see how the interview Is edited to trivialis& be insensitive. Not everything is traction & as someone being interviewed I expected decency & maturity froma journalist @iFaridoon. I did 25 interviews that day & only yours turned out edited like this #dissappointed”
Really sad 2see how the interview Is edited to trivialis& be insensitive. Not everything is traction & as someone being interviewed I expected decency & maturity froma journalist @iFaridoon. I did 25 interviews that day & only yours turned out edited like this #dissappointed
— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) November 19, 2018
Several women have come forward to name prominent names in Bollywood, accusing them of sexual misconduct. Prominent names accused of sexual misconduct include Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, comedy group AIB, Rajat Kapoor, singer Kailash Kher, music director Anu Malik, filmamaker Vivek Agnihotri and actor Nana Patekar among others.