Yes, you read it right. Let’s Rape. What? Offensive? Derogatory? Insensitive? OH COME ON! All I meant to say was let’s Party!! Let’s rape the crap out of this party. It can’t be that wrong. After all our beloved Salman Bhai said it last week himself- “I felt like a raped woman after long hours of rigorous shooting.” I am sure it’s all right to rape and feel raped.
Salman Khan’s recent “rape” comment was as cringe worthy as the title of this article. Some say it’s a publicity stunt for his movie, some say it was a “mental slip” and others claim that the “intention” was not wrong. Feminists and women across the country raged against his highly insensitive comment. But what seemed glaringly obvious to me was that he tossed out the four letter word – rape, with absolute normalcy. Whether a publicity stunt or unintentional, none of it justifies such a callous remark in a world of misogyny and sexism.
What is more distressing is a man so influential and popular in a patriarchal country like India, handing out such unconcerned words. And this is not the first time that men of such high stature and position have displayed chauvinistic attitude towards women. Here’s a list of ten times that these famous notable and influential personalities made highly offensive and misogynistic comments.
- Donald Trump
The Republican Candidate for the US Presidential Elections inaugurates our list with his colorful vocabulary, which he has used over the years to describe women. Fat, Pig, Dog, and Disgusting Animal, these are just some of the names that Mr Trump has called women. From calling women “beautiful pieces of ass” to advocating “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions. This is what he spoke out against his rival republican candidate Carly Fiorina, “Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
Such a charmer.
- Mulayam Singh Yadav
Our very own desi poster boy of sexism and misogyny, Mulayam Singh has left no stone unturned to justify patriarchy and belittle women. After all his “boys will be boys” and “it’s the women who are the perpetrators of rape’’, he believes ‘First girls develop friendship with boys. They when differences occur, they level rape charges. Boys commit mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape?’
And if that wasn’t all, this is what he said when asked about the Women’s Reservation Bill, “Only girls and women from affluent class can go forward…remember this. You (rural women) will not get a chance…Our rural women did not have that much attraction,”
Meet the Indian Charmer.
- Kanye West.
Bas naam hi kaafi hai! No? Well what’s a list like this without Mr West in it? From singlehandedly declaring Bill Cosby, the actor accused of more than 50 cases of sexual assault and abuse- innocent, to making sexist comments on Taylor Swift and his now Ex- Girlfriend Amber Rose, Kanye West has done it all.
This is what he had to say about Amber Rose, “My ex says she gave me the best years of her life, I saw a recent picture of her I guess she was right.” The music made by the rapper contains huge doses of misogyny, with the musical themes and lyrics containing negative attitude towards women.
- Charlie Sheen
If you have watched or heard even tiniest of whisper about the famous television series Two and a Half Men, then you know him. Yes, the nice, easy going, funny and charming Charlie Harper from one of the most watched television shows, has had a long history of violence and misogyny towards women.
In 2006, his wife at the time, Denise Richards filed a restraining order, charging that Mr. Sheen had pushed her down, thrown chairs at her and threatened to kill her in person and on the phone. Similar were the accusations of his first wife Brooke Mueller. Charlie Sheen is as famous for his career as an actor, as he is for several cases of sexual and domestic abuse against women.
Yet none of this affected his successful career as an artist. He went on to win several awards of recognition and even became one of the highest paid TV actors.
- Mamata Banerjee
Our beloved Didi from Bengal isn’t far behind, when she said, “Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded. But now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options.”
When a group of activists stepped out to protest against the increased cases of rape in Kolkata, this is what Banerjee had to say : “Trinamool Congress has not committed the rapes.”
In the infamous Park Street rape case, Banerjee claimed the allegations of the victim were “a cooked up case to malign her government.”
- Arun Jaitley
Our calm and controlled finance minister couldn’t stop himself from jumping into this bandwagon of sexism, as he went on to claim, “One small incident of Rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us Billions of dollars in terms of Global Tourism.” Yes, of course Mr Jaitley, it’s only small incident of rape. It’s all about Global Tourism. Let’s hide the small incident in the closet and supress it.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Known as The Terminator for most of his successful career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has had allegations of sexual harassment and misogyny throughout his long career. In 1977, on an interview to Oui magazine, he went on to say, “I can look at a chick who’s a little out of shape and if she turns me on, I won’t hesitate to date her. If she’s a good f**k she can weigh 150 pounds, I don’t care.”
In 2003, while campaigning for Governor Elections in California, he stated “Obviously, I’ve made statements that were ludicrous and crazy and outrageous and all those things, because that’s the way I always was.” That is definitely not a good excuse!
- Sharad Yadav
Whether it is BJP or Congress or Samajwadi Party or JDU, if there is one thing in common between these parties, it is their political leader’s patriarchal attitude towards women. Describing women as “par kati auratein” (women with short hair), Sharad Yadav sure takes the award for using most creative words of negativity towards women.
During one of the Rajya Sabha sessions, Yadav unleashed a blend of racist and chauvinistic words, “The women of south are beautiful, their bodies…their skin …They aren’t made like this here. They know dance.”
Do I say more?
- Narendra Modi
During one of his “BetiBachao, BetiPadhao” campaign in 2014, this is what the Prime minister of India had to say, “If we kill girl child in the mother’s womb, then what will happen to the world? If only 800 girls are born against 1000 boys, then 200 boys will remain unmarried. Will government do this job?” The skilled orator further accompanied his statement with “Beti nahi bachaoge toh Bahu kaha se Laoge?”
We definitely have a pragmatic and efficient Prime Minister, whose utilitarian approach is overwhelming.
- Kamaal Rashid Khan
I know, I know. You must be thinking why I am ending this GLORIOUS list with such a horrid, sleazy and unpleasant name. But that is precisely why! A man with such absolute dedication to prejudice, chauvinism, and abhorrence against women finishes our exhausting list of sexist men.
“Believe me I go crazy when Bipasha move her boobs on the song Bipasha of Jodi breakers.”
“NargisFakhri says- My butt is bigger than my lips. Yes yes I know this yar but kabhi milo Toh Sahi yaar. @NargisFakhri”
“Predict exact height n weight of Lisa Haydon n win this skirt which she did wear without panty. #TheShaukeen”
“Good morning n kick on your ass. Today I am going to have sex with 16 years old maid coz it’s my choice n her choice so don’t mind Pls.”
These are some of the most insensitive and offensive tweets by one of the most anti-feminist and male chauvinist man – KRK himself.
In a world full of negativity, actions and comments of hatred and misogyny made by such famous personalities only reinforces the fact that we are far from any change and development. The reality of the matter is that misogyny is deep rooted and its rotten seeds reeking of putrid and poison have firmly implanted itself. The sudden awakening of our moral consciousness in the last few years is not enough of a incitement to change things, when the popular culture and tradition to ridicule and belittle women refuses to die down.
You’ll read this article and some of you may agree with me, but will you care enough to remember it? Will it bother you the next time you see your mother or sister given all the freedom she wants, as long as she comes home and cooks? Will it bother you if someone says “rape” nonchalantly? Will it bother you if a “par kati aurat” dares to step out and voice her own? Will it? Ask yourself.