Apart from her films, Kangana Ranaut is also often in the news for her unfiltered statements, specially for being quick to point out insensitive remarks from celebrities; meanwhile Jim Sarbh has come a long way from his appearances on an ad for a Pizza brand and gained a fan following for his recent talented bit of acting in Padmaavat. It seems though Kangana was caught on the wrong foot when she seems to have shared laughter over a joke cracked by Sarbh.
Earlier, during Sultan's promotion, when Salman Khan made a statement comparing his physical training, to being raped, Kangana was one of the first actors to condemn his words.
During a promotional interview, Salman said, "When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight." To this Kangana's response was, "We all agree that it is a horrible thing to say, it is something which is extremely insensitive. But what I would like to say is let’s not encourage the mentality where we want to point fingers at each other and want to feel greater by just running people down by trolling them." Then what made Kangana laugh when actor Jim Sarbh cracked a joke about rape at a late night party in Cannes?
Both Jim and Kangana recently debuted at 71st Cannes Film Festival. A video is on social media feeds that show Kangana and Jim's party interactions there, in which Jim is heard saying, "I'd rather be raped by 12 prostitutes than touch alcohol and the Punjabi says 'Me too, I didn't know that was an option.'" At the end of this so-called-joke that doesn't really sound funny, Kangana is seen cracking up along with the rest at the party.
Dear Jim Sarbh/ Kangana Ranaut
Rape jokes are not funny. Rape is NOT a joke. If you tell or laugh at jokes about rape you are a part of the problem. https://t.co/Pk5bSB9zCr
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@karishmau) May 15, 2018
Apart from joking about rape, Jim Sarbh has also come under some backlash for seeming to insult sex workers in his narrative, and looks like he's rapidly losing fans on Twitter. Although we must say, some of these fans need a slight lesson in basic grammar.
Jim Sarbh is cancelled.
One. He made a hideous joke and included a vital thing called 'Rape'
Two. he included 'prostitute' in that "I would rather be raped by 12 prostitutes..." are you freaking kidding me ? you just stated that they are as equal as Rapists ?
Go get a life man
— Fuddu (@_shruti_singh_) May 15, 2018
Kangs is A+ grade hypocrite (nothing new) and this Jim Sarbh turned out to be a piece of shit. Rape jokes are not okay... stfu ..😠👎
— BANNO (@Inception700) May 15, 2018
— Dhruvesh Shah ✨ (@dhruveshshahz16) May 17, 2018
After being asked about the incident, Sarbh explained the context of his narrative in an interview with Bollywoodlife.com. He said, "First of all, I understand the environment we live in just now, in light of recent events, but more frankly, in light of events going on since the beginning of human consciousness, rape is a deadly serious issue. I treat it as such. The joke that I made is about a Priest blowing a very casual question completely out of proportion, condemning alcohol, prostitutes, and rape all simultaneously. The Punjabi (or whichever ethnicity, depending on the audience) responds to the situation by consenting to it and expressing his sexual proclivities. I personally do not find it to be about a desire to rape, or to inflict sexual violence upon another, but a subversive and comedic response to an extremely volatile sentence."
Some of us still don't quite get the punchline, and overall any joke about rape just comes across as tacky and offensive. If it's a celebrity making such a joke, well, it's bound to be a big deal. At the end of the day, every star who enjoys a major fan following is being watched and followed by millions. And if we've learned anything from Salman and his fans, is that fans religiously follow stars even when they are wrong and insensitive. Quoting the cliché but, "with great power, comes great responsibility."