'It's pathetic that he's allowed that platform' : Sajid Khan's participation in Bigg Boss 16 called out by his MeToo victim Saloni Chopra
That Sajid Khan’s participation in Bigg Boss 16 has created quite an angry uproar amongst the netizens is known to all. Twitterati was trending ‘Remove Sajid Khan’ quite aggressively to protest against the director’s presence on the show despite having around 9 cases of sexual harassment against him.
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That Sajid Khan ’s participation in Bigg Boss 16 has created quite an angry uproar amongst the netizens is known to all. Twitterati was trending ‘Remove Sajid Khan’ quite aggressively to protest against the director’s presence on the show despite having around 9 cases of sexual harassment against him. Now, actress Saloni Chopra who was one of the women who had accused Sajid of alleged sexual harassment has strongly protested against him being given a platform like the reality show on national television.
Talking about the same, Saloni Chopra first urged people who are in eminent positions to hire women who have been a victim of sexual harassment and assault. She stated that most of these women do not get suitable jobs which is a huge price to pay for coming out with the truth. The actress went on to state that ever since Sajid Khan entered Bigg Boss 16, she is being flooded by requests from news channels and media houses to talk about him.
Her post further read, “Reminder: I wrote a whole book of 90,000 words about Feminism and Womens Rights. I Acted, Directed AND Produced a fucking whole Feature Film. I talk about Mental Health, Women's bodies, Alopecia and Equality. And yet you want to talk about him". Saloni Chopra continued, “Men accused of sexually harassing and assaulting women (in this instance MULTIPLE women) continue being known for their work, while women who speak up against them are often minimized into nothing more than the whereabouts of their harasser. We don't allow women to be anything more, because we quite frankly don't care what great things they've achieved enough to highlight them."
The actress furthermore slammed Sajid Khan’s presence on the show and stated that the channel has brought the filmmaker for more views. Chopra added, “People want to know my thoughts. What do you think I think? I think it's a load of a f*****g bullshit. I think it's pathetic that he's allowed that platform, yet I am not surprised in any way. I think the lack of responsibility society holds itself up to for being the core reason women still fear speaking - is even more disheartening. I think he's on this show for this exact same reaction. Because it's creating noise. This noise directly translates into views. Because enough people will enable and protect awful men. Everybody has skeletons - you can't change that until you change the unfair power dynamics."
Lastly, Saloni Chopra ended her statement with a powerful question why are people even watching the show currently? She spoke about the plight of the women who are having to see their harasser (Sajid Khan) every day on TV. Saloni also added that she has never given her nod to appear on reality shows and news channel debates. This is because she didn’t want to sensationalize her story of sexual harassment and for it to be used for just increasing the TRP and ratings of a particular show.