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Chinmayi Sripaada Questions Kamal Haasan For Supporting Wrestlers But Not Her During #MeToo Movement

May 26, 2023 | by Janvi Manchanda

Whenever a woman comes out with sexual harassment allegations against a powerful man, people are quick to judge and ask questions. Why didn’t she speak up before? Why now? Why did she stay in contact with him till now? These questions are not an attempt to understand the case but rather to shame the woman. This seems to be happening again amid the wrestlers’ #MeToo movement. Some trolls have been sharing pictures of Sakshi Malik with the WFI Chief on her wedding in 2017 and questioned why she invited a man who allegedly molested her in 2015-16 to her big day. On the other hand, veteran actor and politician Kamal Haasan has also extended his support to the wrestlers amid their protest. Reacting to the same, Indian singer Chinmayi Sripaada has slammed the politician.

Taking to Twitter, Chinmayi Sripaada shared Kamal Haasan’s tweet extending his support to the Wrestlers’ and questioned the politician for not speaking up and remaining mum when she was banned in the music industry for coming out and naming her molester. She went on to question how one is supposed to trust a politician for speaking about women’s safety when they ignored the same happening before them.

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In another tweet, playback singer Chinmayi Sripaada shared a screenshot of Kamal Haasan’s supporters asking her why she invited her alleged molester to her wedding in 2014 but accused him of molesting her in 2004-2005 during the #MeToo movement in 2018. Sharing another screenshot of someone asking a similar question to wrestler Sakshi Malik, Chinmayi Sripaada said that Kamal Haasan’s supporters ask the same “rape apologists – survivor shaming” question that people have been asking the wrestlers. She went on to share that the playbook to shame women for coming out with molestation/sexual harassment allegations against powerful men is the same even though the language may differ.

Highlighting that everyone asks the same few things like why did they invite their molester to their wedding and why are they making the allegations so late, the Indian playback singer said that no matter which political party it may be if a woman asks one question to a politician their supporters attack the survivor. Chinmanyi Sirpaada concluded after pointing out that she had every right to question an actor who is now a politician to make the entertainment industry a safer space for women like her to speak up.

Also Read: “When Were Women Allowed To Speak?” Renuka Shahane To Those Questioning #MeToo Movement

During the #MeToo movement in 2018 in India, singer Chinmayi Sripaada was one of the first women from the entertainment industry to speak up. The singer alleged that lyricist Vairamuthu had not only sexually harassed her but had also threatened to put an end to her career if she did not respond to his sexual advances. Soon after the singer made the allegations, she was removed from the Tamil Film Dubbing Union by the leader Radha Ravi over non-payments of the yearly dubbing union fees.

Later, in her interviews, Chinmayi Sripaada claimed that she does not have much work in the Tamil entertainment industry since the #MeToo movement and has been shadowbanned by the industry.

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Janvi Manchanda

Janvi uses her pen to smash the patriarchy. Geet one day and Wednesday Addams the next. Writing is the bane of her existence and the object of all her desires!

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