South superstars as well as the twitterati burst into anger when veteran actor and politician Radha Ravi made some offensive remarks about lady superstar Nayanthara in his speech at the press conference of the actress’ film Kolayuthir Kaalam. His misogynistic comments earned applaud from the audience attending the meet but didn’t go down well with netizens as well as actors like Samantha, Rana Daggibati, Siddharth and others. They came out in support of Nayanthara soon after the speech went viral on the internet and slammed him for disrespecting a woman and as well as the craft.
Samantha Akkineni took to her twitter and said, "Sighhh Mr.Radha Ravi the struggle to stay relevant . You’re a sad man and we all feel sorry for you . May your soul or whatever is left of it find peace . We ll send you tickets for Nayanthara’s next superhit film .. have some popcorn and take a chill pill." On the other hand, Bahubali star Rana Daggubati also raised his voice in support of Nayanthara and said, “Just heard some filthy comments from Mr.#RadhaRavi to press about a very fine actor. Your comments sir reflect the "filth in your character" and the "fineness in her many performances" as actor. Such a shame to the community you are!! #RadhaRavi”
Here's what all other celebrities tweeted-
Sighhh Mr.Radha Ravi the struggle to stay relevant . You’re a sad man and we all feel sorry for you . May your soul or whatever is left of it find peace ✌️. We ll send you tickets for Nayanthara’s next superhit film .. have some popcorn and take a chill pill.— Samantha Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) March 25, 2019
Nayanthara is one of the few dedicated actors we hav today, have the pleasure knowing her and sharing professional space with her, she is above all this, did not watch full video , but met Ravi today and told him it was not in good taste at all. https://t.co/zTUVSa4fWC— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) March 24, 2019
Just heard some filthy comments from Mr.#RadhaRavi to press about a very fine actor. Your comments sir reflect the "filth in your character" and the "fineness in her many performances" as actor.— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) March 25, 2019
Such a shame to the community you are!! #RadhaRavi
Dear #radharavi SIR.Yes as a gen Secy of Nadigar sangam I wish I had da pleasure of signing the letter of condemning u 4 yr stupidity n yr recent speech against women n particular.its snt 2 u.grow https://t.co/IgLu1huAfc yaself Ravi fm nowonwrds Coz u hv a woman s name n ya name.— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) March 24, 2019
Not d 1st time #RadhaRavi sir has shamed a woman on stage!I’ve seen many such incidents go unnoticed but #Nayanthara is a SuperWoman &beyond!Her growth is clearly visible jus wid her dedication&hardwork!We can all bark here but I really wish some action is taken by the right ppl— Shanthnu 🌟 ஷாந்தனு Buddy (@imKBRshanthnu) March 25, 2019
Nayanthara also issued a statement and reacted to all the comments the veteran actor made against her. She said in her statement, “I would like to remind Mr Radha Ravi and the likes of misogynists like him that they were also given birth by a woman. By demeaning the status of women and passing sexist remarks, these retarded men get a feeling of machismo. As an actor of considerable seniority and work experience, Mr Radha Ravi should have led the younger generation by example, instead he has chosen to take up the role of a misogynist ‘role model’. These are troubled times for women, as women are establishing themselves predominantly in every field of public life and asserting their due place in this era of meritocracy.”
Talking about Radha Ravi’s speech, India Today quoted him saying, "Nayanthara is a star now and she's hailed as Lady Superstar. Some even compared her to Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan. They're immortals and it is disheartening to see people include Nayanthara in the list. I agree that Nayanthara is a good actress and she is sustaining in the industry for several years. There have been several reports about her, yet she stands tall. Tamil Nadu people remember anything only for four days, then they forget. Now, she is a known face. She can act as a ghost and as Goddess Sita as well. Back in those days, if filmmakers have a Goddess character in the film, they'd go for veteran actress KR Vijaya. But now, anybody can play the role. Paatha udane kumbudravangalayum podalam, paatha udane koopadravangalyum podalam (We can cast those who are respected and those who sleep around)."
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