Boycott begins on Kangana Ranaut following her Twitter suspend
Kolkata, India: Bollywood fashion designers began announcing boycott to superstar Kangana Ranaut after Twitter permanently suspended her account over hate speech.
Miss Ranaut, an award-winning star, and one of Bollywood's leading ladies wrote a Tweet tagging Indian PM Modi and implying to repeat the horrifying 2002 Gujrat Riot incident that got over 1k, mostly Muslim people killed.
Kangna account suspended bcz of this tweet in which she called for genocide on tweeter pic.twitter.com/nKsDVhsHJO— Facts check (@Facts_chek) May 4, 2021
“We need super gundai (hooliganism in Hindi) to kill gundai… Modi ji (an honorific) please show your Virat roop (larger-than-life form) from the early 2000s,” she posted, In an apparent reference to 2002 Gujarat riots that took place when Modi was the state chief minister.
Following the tweet, the micro-blogging giant immediately suspended her account permanently citing 'hate speech,' and violation of their policy.
Outfit designer Anand Bhushan released a statement on Instagram that read saying in view of events associated with Kangana today, "we have taken a decision to remove all collaboration images with Kangana Ranaut from our social media channels. We also pledge never to be associated with her in any capacity in the future. We as a brand do not support hate speech."
Do the right thing. pic.twitter.com/p72a7zqFz9— Anand Bhushan (@AnandBhushan) May 4, 2021
Bhushan told tabloid ET that his brand and himself do not endorse any kind of hate speech and that her calling for the Gujarat riots of 2002 to reoccur on Twitter was the 'lowest of the low.'
"I do not wish to be associated with this viewpoint at all and totally condemn it."
Earlier miss Ranaut herself claimed she was boycotted by many of her endorsing companies after she was embroiled in controversy over her tone-deaf comments on Bollywood actors, directors, and the general population, something that she claims to be her prowess.
Fashion designer Rimzim Dadu also removed all collaboration posts with Kangana and wrote, "Never too late to do the right thing! We are removing all posts of past collaborations with Kangana Ranaut from our social channels and pledge to not engage in any further association with her."
@AnandBhushan, in all these years of knowing you, I never thought I’d say this - You are my hero!— Karan S. Chandhiok (@karanchandhiok) May 4, 2021
Oh, and Rangoli @girlpower0987 - for all your legal threats - BRING IT ON! #RimzimDadu #StopHate #BeKind pic.twitter.com/rnDOyOblLC
"I just didn't feel it right that anybody, including celebrities, should remotely insinuate violence," Dadu said. "Violence in ant shape and form and against anybody should be condemned. Our decision to disassociate with Kangana Ranaut from any past or future collaboration is our way of saying that there shouldn't be any space for hate-mongering and violence in our country."
This is not the first time miss Ranaut got herself in a feud with social media giant Twitter. Earlier, miss Ranaut attacked the crew of Amazon Prime's native movie 'Tandav' starring Saif Ali Khan and Dimple Kapadia which offers a commentary on Prime Minister Modi's regime.
Following the controversy, Twitter reportedly suspended her account temporarily. “Libris cried to their chacha Jack and got my account temporarily restricted,” Kangana wrote on Twitter, referring to the company’s Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey.
Ranaut, an Industry outsider, catapulted to fame with her Bollywood debut 'Gangstar' that recently finished its 15th year of release. Over the decade, miss Ranaut carved herself a niche in the Industry, notorious for being nepotistic and biasedly favorable to stars.
Some high-profile controversies have also helped her gain fame, and not to forget the actor's comments that often make headlines.
This is not the first time as well, miss Ranaut sided with PM Modi - the Hindu Nationist leader of the BJP party. Ranaut has also backed Modi for his highly contested farm laws that sent tens of thousands of farmers into humanity's largest organized protest that is still ongoing, for over three months now.
Applauding both the designers' on their decision to ban Kangana, she wrote, "Pleasantly surprised to see this! Kudos to you @AnandBhushan & #RimzimDadu for calling out hate speech and incitement to genocide in a direct manner! Stand tall you guys!"
Pleasantly surprised to see this! Kudos to you @AnandBhushan & #RimzimDadu for calling out hate speech and incitement to genocide in a direct manner! Stand tall you guys! ♥️ pic.twitter.com/G1Gd82bbmL— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) May 4, 2021
"Now that Kangana's Twitter account has been suspended, she has more time to generate oxygen by planting trees. Twitter will also breathe easily after her suspension," Swati Malliwal, chairperson for the Delhi Commission for Women tweeted.
COVER IMAGE COURTESY OF KANGANA RANAUT/ INSTAGRAM