The MeToo movement started to gain a lot of momentum in India and many big names in the industry have been accused of assault. Due to this many women came out with their stories and many Bollywood celebs also opened up about the movement giving out support to the victims.
In Bollywood, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl Subhash Ghai, Rajat Kapoor and Nana Patekar had been accused of sexual misconduct but many bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Karan Johar chose to maintain a stoic silence on the subject. Now filmmaker Karan Johar who had remained silent on the issue for a while broke his silence recently.
Karan Johar on #MeToo: Sending pics of your private parts is not cool
During his radio show Calling Karan, the filmmaker said, talked in detail about the importance of content and extended his support for the movement.
He said, “So how do you get consent? You ask for it! You have to ask, ‘Are you ok with this?’ or ‘Do you want to do this’. It’s important for people to understand both the verbal as well as the non-verbal communication they get from someone they’re with. These are the basics; basics that we often tend to forget. When you come close to someone, when you’re about to get intimate, how can you not ask for consent?”
It’s important for people to understand both, the verbal as well as the non-verbal communication they get from someone they’re with. These are the basics; basics that we often tend to forget. When you come close to someone, when you’re about to get intimate, how can you not ask for consent?” said KJo.
Without taking any names, he alluded to many of the harassment cases. “Sending someone pictures of your private parts is also not cool! Kissing someone or touching them inappropriately while they’re drunk, is not cool. Persisting with flirtatious texts, even after someone has explicitly expressed discomfort, is definitely not cool! You must respect the boundaries that others set for you, and that’s precisely what you ask for consent, and always respect the answer.”
He also put into clear words, “Sex minus consent equals sexual harassment! That’s the math, and it can’t be any simpler. And hence, it’s really important to keep asking the question, and always respect the answer.”
The #MeToo movement was triggered after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of 2008 film Horn Ok Pleassss. This encouraged women from various fields to come forward with their harrowing experiences, and slowly prominent people were named and shamed.
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