Without an iota of doubt or hesitance, I'm just putting it out there--Bigg Boss 14 will go down in the history as the worst season of the franchise ever. And nope, it's not because of the contestants who are boring, arrogant, or rude because honestly, those are just common human traits. Seriously, why should we blame them when the real credit of the disaster known as BB 14 goes to its makers and of course, the host, Salman Khan?
Apart from making a paper boat of all the rules and drowning it in the drain, the show has crossed the limits of bullying and supporting harassment. However, the show reached a new low when in the last Weekend Ka Vaar episode, Salman blatantly ignored Rakhi Sawant's cheap antics, sided with her outrageous behaviour, and used the entire episode to grill Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla. ICYMI, here's a detailed account of what happened:
Here's the simple thing--catcalling, eve-teasing and invading personal space are not forms of 'entertainment' but offensive acts. And, here are a few things that Rakhi has done over her stint in Bigg Boss 14 already:
1. Passed crude comments on Abhinav day in and out even after the point where he and his wife clearly mentioned that they were not comfortable with the actress' approach.
2. Pulled the strings of Abhinav's shorts
3. Tore former contestant Rahul Mahajan's Dhoti
4. Made controversial gestures and passed obscene comments that were not shown on the television as per the host himself.
Now, we wonder if these instances are not some or the other form of harassment, then what is. And if Rakhi has been crossing all lines (which she has) then why is no one calling her out for the same? Even Rahul Vaidya and Aly Goni, who became Rahul Mahajan's spokespeople when Rakhi tried tearing his clothes, chose to be mum when something similar happened to Abhinav this week. Seriously, what's up with people's selective sense of morality?
We told you all about Rakhi's offensive behaviour but here's how Salman decided to react on it in the last Weekend ka Vaar episode--by calling it a no biggie!
Yep, you read that right. As per the actor, Rakhi pulling the strings of Abhinav's shorts or eve-teasing him were not a big deal. However, Rubina's warning to her on the same was definitely an 'over-reaction'. In fact, to cover up Rakhi's deeds, the host even asserted that her entertaining antics were directly benefitting Abhinav. When the latter requested that he wouldn't like such benefits, of course, he was silenced by Bhai, yet again. We just have one quick question for Salman--since when have we started treating harassment as entertainment? Hint: Since NEVER!
Moreover, the rest of the episode was dedicated solely to Rubina and Abhinav, their so-called 'selfish strategies' in the game, and their connections in the show. TBH, after a point, it seemed that the host didn't even bother hiding his biased ways in the slightest.
While Bigg Boss' makers might be living in a world where such outrageous acts are considered as entertainment (read TRP), thankfully, the viewers are not on the same page with them. Here are some reactions from the viewers:
Sexual harassment koi bhi form mein kissi fayday ki nahi ho sakti!— Andy Kumar (@iAmVJAndy) January 31, 2021
Ladki Ho ya ladki.
It’s NOT OK!!!
No means No!
Worst episode of #WeekendKaVaar
VIEWERS WITH ABHINAV
This couple @ashukla09 @RubiDilaik both need to win together..... they must lift this trophy together & I hope they stay together... !!!! Because what utter rubbish is happening to them is gut wrenching. Watching WKW rerun. 😑🤕😔🥴😵🙄😒 ugh sickening 🤢🤢🤢🤢— Diandra Soares (@diandrasoares13) January 31, 2021
@BeingSalmanKhan why this selective judgement?? What #Rakhi does is pure vulgarity to another level.. not entertainment at all.. it's clearly visible wat Rakhi is upto.. still blame is on #RubiNav ?? We expect some sense on national tv n not cheap vulgar show @ColorsTV @BiggBoss https://t.co/iooVGTo5RJ— ROAR LIKE RUBINA #RubiNav (@ipsa2408) January 30, 2021
Is that's cheep ghatiya harkat Rakhi— siraj ahmed malik.. (@SirajAhmadMali1) January 30, 2021
Not best entertainment bakwas #Salman aap ko lagta hoga entertainment audience to bilkul nahi support kr rhi
VIEWERS WITH ABHINAV
IS IT WHAT U WANT TO CONVEY TO THE SOCIETY AND THE PPL WHO ARE WATCHING UR SHOW THAT HARASSING A MAN IS COOL?— AbhinavShukla Official FC (@ABHINAV_OFC) January 30, 2021
VIEWERS WITH ABHINAV#AbhinavShukla
I am done now... after watching him crying.. i felt very low.. heart broken!!— Rubinav Forever ♥️ (@Rubinav2021) January 30, 2021
Can't say anything.. Onr tight hug for u champ
I love you #AbhinavShukla
Stay storng RubiNav
VIEWERS WITH ABHINAV
Though it is too late, we hope Bigg Boss learns some lessons this time.
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