Kangana Ranaut recently criticised Bollywood celebrities for not standing up against local injustices happening in their own country but readily voicing their support for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in the US. Many actors such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Priyanka Chopra have expressed their distress on their social media handles, condemning the homicide of a black man by a white policeman which has caused mass protests across the US.
The Sadhu lynching happened a couple of weeks ago, and no one said a word. It happened in Maharashtra where most of these celebrities reside…Bollywood anyway is a derived name from Hollywood. It is a shame they [Bollywood celebs] continue to live in a bubble. They never fail to jump on the bandwagon which can give them two minutes of fame, but ‘white people’ must drive the bandwagon. Perhaps, it is because of their pre-independence colonial slavery genes.
Several netizens have made similar kind of statements, accusing Bollywood celebrities of displaying selective outrage.
Even for environmental issues, you see them fight for a white teenage kid. But so many incredible elderly women and even children are doing exceptionally well in India on environmental matters without any help or support. Some of them were honoured with the Padma Shri award. I was amazed to see their stories, but they never get the same acknowledgement from the industry. Perhaps, sadhus or tribal people aren’t fancy enough for the Bollywood crowd or their followers.
The Panga actor had also recently slammed her Bollywood contemporaries for their discerned silence over protests which were arranged against the Citizenship Amendment Act, calling a part of the industry ‘sissies’, ‘cowards’ and ‘spineless’.