New Delhi: Randeep Hooda is in the headlines nowadays but for all the wrong reasons. One of actor’s old tweets has resurfaced on the internet and netizens are having hard time dealing with the casteist and sexist nature of his tweet. While the actor has already been at the bearing end of loss over his joke, now Richa Chadha has also slammed him for the same, calling it “despicable” and “casteist”.
Richa was tagged in a tweet along with her peers Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker, and Konkona Sensharma, wherein a tweeple had asked if she’d condemn the remarks made by Randeep in that resurfaced clip.
Reacting to which, she wrote, “It’s a despicable ‘joke’. It’s crass, tasteless and sexist.” In a second tweet, she wrote, “Yes. It’s casteist too. Also, plz explain to the reason why you continue to ask ONLY women to apologise for their male colleagues while you pontificate on sexism. Not holding my breath.”
Randeep Hooda came under scrutiny after a Twitter user on Tuesday shared an old clip from a chat show that was attended by Bollywood actor. In the said clip, Hooda was observed cracking a problematic, sexist joke on politician Mayawati, the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Calling out Hooda for his inappropriate joke, the user had written, “If this does not explain how casteist and sexist this society is, especially towards Dalit women, i don’t know what will. the ‘joke’, the audacity, the crowd. Randeep hooda, top bollywood actor talking about a dalit woman, who has been the voice of the oppressed (sic).”
Meanwhile, earlier today, the actor was removed as the brand ambassador of Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), United Nation’s environmental treaty.
Earlier, many Indian stand-up comedians and digital influencers were also at the receiving end of criticism for making casteist and sexist jokes or tweets in the past.