Dear Saina …: actor Siddharth apologizes for a “gross joke”
Actor Siddharth issued a public apology on Tuesday after being criticized for his “gross joke” he wrote in response to a tweet from badminton player Saina Nehwal.
In a letter of apology posted on Twitter, Siddharth wrote: “Dear Saina, I want to apologize to you for my crass joke I wrote in response to one of your tweets a few days ago. I can disagree with you on a lot of things, but even my disappointment or my anger when I read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and my words. I know I have more grace in me than that. As for the joke if a joke needs to be explained, then that wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry for a joke that didn’t land.
“However, I must stress that my pun and my humor did not have any of the malicious intentions that so many people from all walks of life have attributed to it. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure you it does. There was no gender involved in my tweet and certainly not the intention of attacking you as a woman. I hope we can put this behind us and you accept my letter. You will always be my champion. Honestly, Siddharth“, he added.
– Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) January 11, 2022
It comes after the Tamil-Telugu actor was called into question by many internet users and popular celebrities for his “foul” language. Siddharth comes under fire for a tweet he wrote in response to Saina Nehwal’s tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security failure during his visit to Ferozepur, Punjab on January 5.
However, he defended his tweet, saying nothing disrespectful was intended, said or implied.
Last week, Saina Nehwal took to Twitter to share her thoughts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach. She wrote: “No nation can claim to be safe if the security of its own PM is compromised. I condemn, in the strongest possible words, the cowardly attack on PM Modi by anarchists (sic).”
To this Siddharth quoted Saina’s tweet and wrote: “A subtle rooster world champion … thank goodness we have protectors from India. Shame on you #Rihanna (sic).”
After receiving widespread criticism for his remarks, which turned out to be riddled with sexual innuendo, the actor, in a defensive tweet, wrote: said or insinuated. Point (sic), ”he wrote.
Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyap expresses disappointment over sexist comments
Parupalli Kashyap, the husband of commuter Ace Saina Nehwal, a badminton player, took to Twitter on Monday to express his disappointment at actor Siddharth’s sexist comments about his wife.
Parupalli Kashyap, tagging Siddharth in a tweet on Monday, wrote: “It’s upsetting for us to voice your opinion, but choose better words man. I guess you thought it was cool to say it that way. . #pascool #disgrace “.
Meanwhile, Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) wrote to Twitter India to “immediately block actor Siddharth’s tweet” on Saina Nehwal.
In her letter, the NCW president called the actor’s comments “misogynistic and outrageous.”
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