Advertisement
Thursday, Sep 29, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Actor Siddharth Apologises To Olympic Medallist Badminton Star Saina Nehwal For ‘Rude Joke’

Siddharth received a widespread backlash on Twitter for his reply to Saina Nehwal's tweet on the alleged lapse in the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Punjab visit.

Actor Siddharth Apologises To Olympic Medallist Badminton Star Saina Nehwal For ‘Rude Joke’
Saina Nehwal is currently playing in the ongoing Indian Open 2022 in New Delhi. | File photo
Actor Siddharth Apologises To Olympic Medallist Badminton Star Saina Nehwal For ‘Rude Joke’
outlookindia.com
2022-01-12T11:40:54+05:30

Actor Siddharth has issued an apology to Saina Nehwal over his ‘inappropriate’ tweet against the badminton player and said he never intended to attack her as a woman with his ‘joke’. (More Badminton News)

On Monday, the actor received widespread backlash on Twitter for his reply to the Olympic bronze medallist’s tweet on the alleged lapse in the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Punjab visit.

In an open letter published on Twitter late Tuesday evening, the ‘Rang De Basanti’ star said even though he may disagree with Nehwal's views, his tone of the tweet cannot be justified.

“Dear Saina, I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that I wrote as a response to a tweet of yours, a few days ago. I may disagree with you on many things but even my disappointment or anger when I read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and words. I know I have more grace in me than that.

“As for the joke... If a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn't land,” he said. The 42-year-old actor wrote he is a ‘staunch feminist’ and would never say anything to a woman with ‘malicious intent’.

Siddharth hoped that the badminton star would accept his apology. “I, however, must insist my word play and humour had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to it. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman.

“I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my Champion. Honestly, Siddharth,” he added. Earlier, Nehwal had said she was not sure what the actor meant by his comment but expressed her displeasure over his tweet.

“I used to like him as an actor but this was not nice. He can express himself with better words but I guess it's Twitter and you remain noticed with such words and comments. If the security of the PM of India is an issue then I'm not sure what is secure in the country,” she had said. Saina is currently playing in the Indian Open 2022.  

The National Commission for Women (NCW) had asked Twitter India to ‘immediately’ block the actor’s account as it claimed the comment was misogynistic, outraged the modesty of a woman, amounted to disrespect and insulted the dignity of women.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma had also written to the Maharashtra DGP to investigate the matter and register an FIR against Siddharth.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement