By YKA Staff:
In an interview with entertainment portal Spotboye, Salman Khan was quoted saying, “When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot [referring to ‘Sultan’], I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight.” Yup, one of the India’s most popular stars just compared a physically demanding shoot to a how a ‘raped woman’ feels. In a story that came out after this interview, it was said that it went ‘unreported’ that after making this comment, Salman immediately said, “I don’t think I should have (pauses). It feels like the most difficult….I couldn’t take steps. I couldn’t take steps.” That, honestly, doesn’t change much.
The fact that he didn’t think twice before making such a statement shows just how ingrained rape culture in India is. And when it comes from someone like Salman Khan who has a massive fan following of people who would believe anything and everything he says, it becomes more problematic.
His father, Salim Khan, has apologised for his son’s remark, though Salman has kept silent on the issue so far.
Users on social media were quick to point out everything that was wrong with the statement. Their comments also serve as an important reality check to the millions of fans who idolise the actor like nobody’s business.
You may like his character in a film but if you like his real life character something is wrong! Idolize the right people.#InsensitiveSalman
— Vishal Jain (@vishalofficial_) June 21, 2016
— BullBull (@DahiiBhalla) June 21, 2016
Salman Khan compares himself to a raped woman,just in case you were starting to forget that he's is an asshole #Sultan
— Fatima Tassadiq (@fatimatassadiq) June 20, 2016
Time and again it is said that Salman Khan should keep his mouth shut. He opens it & he puts his foot into it. Pathetic rape analogy.
— Vivek Sharma (@TheVivekSharma) June 21, 2016
Ofcourse Salman Khan can get away with a rape joke. He got away with murder and domestic violence, this is nothing.
— Ripper (@Ace_Of_Pace) June 21, 2016
— Anjula (@Anjala1973) June 21, 2016
Salman Khan's driver to apologize and take back the comment that he may or may not have made yesterday. #InsensitiveSalman
— Sayantan Ghosh (@sayantansunnyg) June 21, 2016
— jainendra joshi (@Jainendra_Joshi) June 21, 2016
Salman Khan compared his shooting schedule to what a "raped woman" feels like. Is that worse than Lata-Sachin jokes, Bollywood?
— Dhruv Deshpande (@DhruvDeshpunde) June 20, 2016
The Man who never allowed his heroine to show skin in his movies is being targeted for being insensitive towards women #SalmanMisquoted
— Lafanga (@chupbesaale) June 21, 2016
I have never seen any man respect women the way he does! He is an example that stands apart from all. #SalmanMisquoted
— Șλρɴλ ❥ (@msapna150) June 21, 2016
Whether the actor meant it or not isn’t the point. The problem here, is how easy it is for anyone to make rape jokes and pass it off as ‘no big deal’. This, in some way or the other, continues to push the idea that rape is also ‘no big deal’. And that is far from the truth.