For some reason or the other, film PadMan has been in the news for quite a while now and so are its leading actor Akshay Kumar and producer Twinkle Khanna. The couple has been going to several parts of the country and the world for promoting their film as well as its cause.
It was only a couple of days ago when Twinkle had to bear a lot of flak for comparing the tax on sanitary napkins with that on Viagra. In a statement at her recent interview with BBC London during her visit to the Oxford, she had said that Viagra is tax free but sanitary napkins are taxed because “policies are made by 65 year old men with erectile dysfunction. She had also tweeted the statement that took no time to go viral.
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 22, 2018
Eventually, she had to face a lot of anger from Twitteratis as well. Take a look at some responses to her statement and the tweet:
Doubting Twinkle’s intelligence:
FM @arunjaitley bursted agenda of Socialist Chinese bootlickers like @mrsfunnybones who were batting for cheap chinese imports of Sanitary napkins killing the local industries.
Hope she understands this simple explanation.Though I doubt her intelligence pic.twitter.com/x9OBqgr0WJ
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) January 22, 2018
Informing her of govt. schemes:
Ma’am, 6 sanitary pads are available on 7.5₹ in NHM scheme. Personal comment showed your mental status. It will destroy Akshay kumar stardum.
Read this information 👇https://t.co/TmotpnhzmE
— Dr. Jay (@Dr_Ketamine) January 22, 2018
how much a branded lipstick costs? charity should start at home , not this type of lousy language against policy makers
— Senthil Velan (@isvelan) January 22, 2018
Getting personal! Not done!
Exactly … hence she is with a Sunny who is a junior
— punita toraskar (@impuni) January 23, 2018
He has a valid point!
This doesn’t seems funny.
It look like insult to older generation elected by public mandate. Better you join politics and do something intensively for rural women’s education instead of promoting yourself.
— Ashish Bajaj (@iashishb) January 22, 2018
A day after she was criticized by thousands of people on social media as well as outside, Twinkle came up with a clarification of her statement on her Twitter page. In the tweet, she posted a snippet from her interview with BBC London. In the clip, she can be heard saying that not only in India, but in many other parts of the world, including many states across America, Viagra is tax free but tampons are taxed because policies are made by 65 year old men with erectile dysfunction. You can watch the snippet in her tweet below:
Folks who haven’t bothered to read my subsequent tweets making it clear what I am talking about – here is a clip from the @BBCNews interview about tax-free viagra, brooms and sanitary pads #PadManTalks pic.twitter.com/Vq1rMWM9eM
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 23, 2018
Soon after Twinkle tweeted the clip, Twitter users started responding to it. Here is what they had to say:
Ab samajh aya!
OMG! She said in some states in America not India… But people start abusing her n jumping into conclusion n saying she accused Modi ji… I think most of the people who r abusing her didn’t watch d interview.
— ☪_Usman Solo_☪ 🇳🇬 (@UsmanSolo) January 23, 2018
But why make fun of people who suffer from ED… isn’t that insensitive?
— Abhishek Tikekar (@abhishekdt2010) January 23, 2018
Rubbish. First tweet made all the damage. Erectile disfunction abuse of Sr citizens can come only from failed actress suffering from premature menapause
— Sandy (@ssandeepk) January 23, 2018
Tina mam don’t worry about such opponents…I think ur words had nothing wrong…We do joke this way in my country and no one got offended
I think who gets offended only ppl who r actually doing such things
So just ignore haters
— Feten Melliti #PadMan 9th Feb (@fattouna10) January 23, 2018
You do have a point… and lets hope we have no taxes on sanitary pads soon. But why did u have to make fun of a medical condition.
— Sunil (@Sun1l_Sharma) January 23, 2018
बिलकुल सही सेनेटरी पैड टैक्स फ्री होने चाहिए।
— Kailash (@Kailash83129833) January 23, 2018
Well, there is no doubt that the fact about taxes and sanitary napkins she gave was true but the way she portrayed policy makers was offensive. Saying the same thing in context of other countries of the world neither makes it less offensive or more ethical! Do you think she is doing all this to garner publicity for her film? share your views with us in comments!