After the video of George’s Floyd’s brutal murder at the hands of a white police officer went viral, the entire world has been brought to a standstill. In a country that is considered the most developed and powerful in the world, the existence of racism was a crude reality check.
Ever since the video came out, various organizations and celebrities across the world have taken their strong stand against racism. Bollywood has not been far behind in this matter.
Bollywood comes out strongly against racism
In the past few days, several Bollywood celebrities have strongly condemned racism in the US. Many of these celebrities have used their social media handles to let out their views. Here are some of the posts:
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There is so much work to be done and it needs to starts at an individual level on a global scale. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and end this hate. End this race war here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, NO ONE deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin color. On May 25th, George Floyd was pinned down by the neck by a Minneapolis police officer and died. He laid there, fighting for his life, struggling to breathe, and other officers just stood there and watched. The officer has now been charged with murder. George, I am praying for your family. ❤️ Text “FLOYD” to 55156 and sign the petition. #JusticeForGeorgeFloydAdvertisements
Kangana Ranaut slams Bollywood
The actress pointed out that while the Bollywood celebs speak about issues across the border, they never open their mouths about injustices in India. In an interview with Pinkvilla, she said:
“These celebrities and a plethora of others are voicing out against racism, talking about this grave injustice which it was and black lives clearly do matter. But why are they not courageous enough to speak against injustices on their own home soil?“
She further added: “The Sadhu lynching happened a couple of weeks ago; still no one said a word. It happened in Maharashtra where most of these celebrities reside. Bollywood anyway is a derived name from Hollywood. It is a shame they [Bollywood celebrities] continue to live in a bubble and never fail to jump on the bandwagon, which can give them two minutes of fame, but ‘white people’ must drive the bandwagon. Perhaps, it is because of their pre-independence colonial slavery genes.”
Kangana finished her interview, saying: “Even for environmental issues, you see them fight for a white teenage kid but so many incredible elderly women and even children. They are doing exceptionally well in India on environmental matters without any help or support. Some of them were honored with the Padma Shri award. I was amazed to see their stories, but they never get the same acknowledgment from the industry. Perhaps, sadhus or tribal people aren’t fancy enough for the Bollywood crowd or their followers.”
Source: India Times