Preity Zinta is in India to promote her upcoming movie Bhaiaji Superhit. While promoting the movie she gave an interview to media and also talked about the #MeToo movement. However, soon her comments over the topic went viral. The actress received flak for belittling the revolution and all that it stands for.
The video in which she is talking to an entertainment website has went viral on social media. In the nearly 5-minute video, Preity is talking at length about her take on the ongoing #MeToo movement.
In the interview, she allegedly called Bollywood one of the safest industries to work and said:
“Some women were using the movement ‘for personal vendetta or for publicity.’”
She laughingly revealed that someone once told her, Aaj ki sweetu kal ki #MeToo ho sakti hai. Here is her viral interview.
She faced a lot of criticism on Twitter after the video went viral.
Cringing and embarrassed as I watch this Preity Zinta Interview.
1. She filed a case of molestation against Ness Wadia in 2014. Yet, she says she’s never had a #MeToo moment?
2. @iFaridoon stop capitalising on this movement for views! First Rakhi Sawant, now this. STOP! https://t.co/YnHl1UtEib
— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) November 19, 2018
People blamed her to be insensitive about other’s experiences.
#PreityZinta when people tell you, you are bubbly you don’t have to literally be that cheerful and forcefully crassy while talking about something sensitive as #metoo Demeaning it by wishing you had such an experience? Lost a lot of respect for you.
— Ankita (@_downandirty_) November 19, 2018
Fans were pretty angry with her statement and bashed her on social media.
Didn’t expect such a disgusting comment from her. Making a joke out of such a revolutionary movement for women as woman herself is despicable. Please educate yourself before you utter such rubbish to stay relevant in the news. #preityzinta #metoo https://t.co/xEbLYAVEls
— Tia (@tani2497) November 17, 2018
However, Preity claimed her interview to be ‘edited and insensitive’, she tweeted that she had not said the way it was edited and represented in the particular interview.
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
After receiving a lot of backlash for shaming victims and laughing about sexual harassment, she has now apologised for her statement.
“I am a huge supporter of the movement and its unfortunate that some of my comments were taken out of context. I recognise that everyone is in a position to fight back and I don’t want to marginalise the women that have been abused.”
This is very important in today’s time to stay away from the ‘intentionally edited’ statements and comments as they play an important part in the perspective formation. Preity did well to come out and said it in open. Do you agree with her?