Parineeti Chopra broke into Bollywood in her lean, trim and charming avatar in ‘Ishaqzaade’. As her career progressed, apart from being critically acclaimed for her stunning performances, her flabby body became the butt of jokes. Predominantly, on social media, she was ridiculed for having a fat belly and a non-Bollywood body. Hence, to prove that she has a sex appeal to entice everyone, she took a well-deserved break from films and industriously worked out to get in her best shape.
Now, Parineeti Chopra is looking her ultra-best and even, amazed us with her abs in the item song ‘Jaaneman Aah’ with Varun Dhawan. We thought her haters would have no words to criticize her anymore, but, we were so wrong. Recently, she wished a dear friend on her birthday and gave her a personal tip – “Eat less and please become thin” and got trolled for the wrong reason(everyone believed that she is telling every fatty to eat less!).
— AliaaHolics™ (@AliaaHolics_) August 16, 2016
This warm gesture by Pari for her friend on her special day looked so wholehearted but some Twitteraties took her advice way too seriously and started mocking her instead:
After Parineeti herself was fat shamed you'd think she'd be a little more sensitive to a poor BIRTHDAY GIRL wtf man https://t.co/DEEdEsTL44
— jaz (@desiavan) August 17, 2016
— ChetanMehraPhtgraphy (@BebosBaby) August 16, 2016
I ask – how shallow have we become?
Firstly, Parineeti didn’t tell the whole world to “Eat less and become thin”, it was just one of those chirpy birthday wishes where a friend blesses another friend in the way she wants. Secondly, we could have ignored this video like anything but we didn’t. Did we imagine how embarrassing it would have been for Parineeti’s friend to see her best friend being trolled endlessly?
Parineeti’s friend, seeing people go berzerk over a video, wrote a wise post and slammed them:
She started off by saying as why she is so upset over this whole shaming incident:
“I’d tried to stay silent after this so-called body shaming made its way into the news, but I feel I have to speak out now. And what I’d like to say is, I’m irked on a lot of fronts. First, the fact that someone used a personal video to attack an individual disgusts me. Second, I feel it abhorrent that people would choose to accuse Parineeti of body shaming when she herself has been so vocal about the issue (which is real and important). She has worked incredibly hard to achieve a certain level of fitness, and she of all people knows what it’s like to be teased about her weight. She would never do that to me.”
She believes that her friendship with Parineeti is a private thing:
“Third, I find it hard to believe that people think friendship should be policed. I mean, if people hold such rigid views about what friendship should and shouldn’t look like… well, you should hear some of the jokes Parineeti and I share! You’d probably want to jail us both! I feel guilty for drawing my best friend into a hurtful conversation! Such a strong negative response inhibits the openness of people on social media and deters sensibility and normalcy from existing.
I’m big on self-deprecation which allows my close friends to banter while maintaining appropriate respect and understanding. Therefore, the baseless hatred I’ve seen, directed at something that was just a joke, is quite hurtful. It also makes me feel guilty — not for my body, but for drawing Parineeti into a hurtful conversation.”
At the end, she hilariously gave ‘body shamers’ another chance to troll her in 10 different ways:
“So to all those who are still not happy: since this video generated a lot of hype and some people definitely want more, I will now reveal all the dirty, rude things my best friend has done or said to me in the past, and I am adding appropriate hashtags for your convenience:
1) She once called me dinosaur #DinosaurShaming.
2) She snatched my last piece of chocolate #FoodShaming
3) Once she said I looked constipated #PottyShaming
4) She once said I’m toxic #BritneyBlaming
5) We went for 9-pin balling #UnnecessaryGaming
6) She visited a zoo with me #LionTaming
7) She told me lame jokes #ConstantLaming
8) She repeated what I just said #Saming
9) We both sucked at archery #UselessAiming
10) We sent each other video messages #FriendlyMemeing.”
Well, this was a much-needed reply to the ‘shamers’ and also, made us rethink how blindly we ridicule a celeb’s life. Just because social media has cropped the gap between fans and their idols, it is better we stop taking advantage of it. Till then, one last time: