Twitter permanently suspends 'Queen' of Bollywood Kangana Ranaut for 'abusive behavior'
Kolkata, India: American social media giant Twitter has banned Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut indefinitely for 'abusive behavior,' the social media giant said.
In a tweet that instantly went viral and began drawing criticism, Kangana asked PM Modi to 'tame' an opposition leader using his leadership style of the 'early 2000s,' - a probable reference to the deadly Gujrat riot that leftover 1k mostly-Muslim dead.
The 'Manikarnika' actor, known for her tone-deaf and insensitive tweets and comments has long drawn her in controversy, including permanently having her Twitter account suspended earlier last year.
Kangana Ranaut's Twitter account was "permanently suspended" on Tuesday for breaching Twitter's rules on hateful and abusive conduct, the social media giant said.
SCREENGRAB OF KANGNA'S TWITTER HANDLE POST-SUSPENSION
Ranaut, the award-winning star of 2014's "Queen" and 2015's "Tanu Weds Manu Returns," has also sparked debate with her outspoken social media presence and regular spats with fellow actors and filmmakers.
"We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm," a spokeswoman for Twitter told AFP via email.
"The referenced account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter Rules, specifically our Hateful Conduct policy and Abusive Behaviour policy."
Bashing Twitter for the decision to ban her, Kangana told ANI news agency: "Twitter has only proved my point they're Americans & by birth, a white person feels entitled to enslave a brown person, they want to tell you what to think, speak or do. I have many platforms I can use to raise my voice, including my own art in the form of cinema," she said.
"But my heart goes out to the people of this nation who have been tortured, enslaved, and censored for thousands of years, and still, there is no end to the suffering."
Ranaut, a vocal supporter of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called his opponent Mamata Banerjee a "monster" and urged the premier to become a "super gundai" (super thug) in his battle against her.
Ranaut is no stranger to squabbles.
She gained attention as an industry outsider for bringing up the question of nepotism in Bollywood. However, she quickly became a divisive figure both within and outside of the film industry.
In her earlier controversies, she referred to actor Sonam Kapoor as a "mafia bimbo," Urmila Matondkar as a "soft-pornstar," and made fun of Deepika Padukone, who has spoken about her struggle with depression.
Ranaut's tweets often go- viral for all the wrong reasons: sometimes tone-deafness, and sometimes unscientific claims.
Just recently she tweeted lamenting that because of India's Covid crisis, oxygen was being "forcefully drawn from the environment" as breathless Indians died due to a shortage of oxygen.
In February this year, Ranaut comfortably drew parallels with herself and Hollywood legend Meryl Streep saying that she displays a "range" that "no other actress on this globe has right now", adding her "raw talent" matched Meryl Streep and her skill at action was as good as Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot's.
Last year, the 'Queen' star was involved in a major scandal involving the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Mumbai police said he committed suicide, but Ranaut took to Twitter to blame his death on Bollywood insiders and nepotism in the industry.
Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party recently suffered a crushing electoral defeat in West Bengal state at the hands of Banerjee.
On Instagram, Ranaut, 34, responded to the account suspension by saying, "This is the secular India they want to sell you, where Hindus and their voices are being butchered."
In February, Ranaut called pop sensation Rihanna a "fool" for tweeting about farmer protests in India, calling the singer "a fool" and the farmers "terrorists" for protesting new agriculture laws.