State Govt should step in: Activist on Vijay fans trolling woman journalist

Danny Woods
August 10, 2017

For a week now, Dhanya Rajendran has been viciously trolled and bombarded with vile and explicit sexual abuse for a tweet in which she said she walked out of Shah Rukh Khan's new film Jab Harry Met Sejal and that the only other film she's ever left early was Sura, a 2010 release starring Vijay. "Could not sit till interval". The actor's comments came after police filed case against four people for threatening the lady.

The fans of the star didn't take it well and started trolling her, and Rajendran had to finally complain to the police. Breaking his silence, Vijay on Wednesday issued a statement and asked his fans not to abuse women and that everyone has the right to like/dislike a film. Everybody has the right to criticise anyone's film. Also, he requested his fans not make distasteful comments about women on social media.

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Vijay's fans on social media have a reputation for ferocity, conducting ugly feuds with fans of rival actor Ajith. More than 75 thousand tweets are there against her tweet on past few days on Twitter. In my opinion, whatever the circumstances, no one should reveal contemptuous or disgraceful comments on woman. Criticise me, question my ethics.

In the statement written in Tamil, Vijay said, "I am someone who respects women a lot". Drawing a false equivalence, the harassers claimed that saying one did not like Vijay's acting deserved threats of sexual abuse, sexually coloured remarks, and abuse. By doing that, we strengthen anonymous mobs. In this day and age, when the actor has a verified Twitter account that he extensively uses to promote his films, he should have said in no uncertain terms that he condemned the threats against Rajendran, as soon as they had began. These acts to strangulate the freedom of expression, especially of a woman journalist in Chennai is highly deplorable and condemnable. "Rule of law must take prompt measures in curbing this menace".

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