Singer Papon found himself in the middle of an ugly controversy recently. He was accused of ‘inappropriately kissing’ a teenager who participated in a children’s reality show. The singer apologized later but did not own up to the accusation entirely. Instead, he blamed it on “faulty camera angles and accident”.
He even took to Twitter Twitter on Friday giving a lengthy statement.
— papon angaraag (@paponmusic) February 24, 2018
— papon angaraag (@paponmusic) February 23, 2018
Despite Papon’s explanations and excuses, his colleagues do not seem to be accepting his apology. Celebrities like Raveena Tandon, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, and Gauhar Khan among others have slammed the 41-year-old singer for this ugly controversy.
Raveena Tandon tweeted:
Whatever the situation,accidental,unintentional,affection,love, though it is sad the #papon controversy happened. But will be an eye opener and lesson for all to not getting carried away,and not crossing a line which can be seen as inappropriate.Advertisement
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) February 24, 2018
One of the most recent developments, in this entire episode, is the reaction of Farah Khan. The director has given a quite upfront statement about all this. She said,
“I know Papon and he is really a good guy, but there is no doubt when I saw the video it made me uncomfortable.”
She further went on to say that
“I don’t think he meant to do it, but if it was my daughter, I would not like it. I think people should not touch other people’s children. Just show affection to your own children. I think he meant in a right way. He must have genuinely not meant it, but it didn’t give me a good feeling.”
On the other hand, Pahlaj Nihalani opened up about the controversy and said,
“I feel such celebrities, who can make children feel uncomfortable or anxious in any manner, should not be invited to such shows at all.”
Actually, Papon was a mentor to the girl on a kids music TV show and the clip of them kissing that went viral attracting all this controversy was posted by Papon’s team during a Facebook live session.
Interestingly, despite what the celebrities have to say, the girl and her father have come out and defended the singer, even called him a “father figure”. Meanwhile, Papon has left the reality show where he was one of the judges.