Thursday, January 18, 2007

Shilpa Shetty - Please stop crying on TV!

I could not control my laughter when Shilpa Shetty's brilliant publicity garnering exercise went into top gear over the last weekend. Shilpa Shetty, who till the other day was nothing more than a beautiful Bollywood also ran, suddenly shot into world wide fame, because of apparent "racist" abuse on 'Big Brother' on Channel 4 in UK.

Oh My God!!.. what a sin! India started its familiar crying holier than thou act.. accusing Brits of racism..and claiming to be wronged by the whites. Some of the complaints that were supposedly "racial" included:-

1.Shilpa Shetty wants to be white. - Just like any other Indian I guess. Given a chance every Indian out there would buy a "fairness cream" to become white.. so what the hell is her problem. Racism is India's worst kept secret !

2. Shilpa Shetty is a fake :- If that were not true she would not have been an Indian actress :-)

3. Indians eat with their hands. - yeah so what..What is there to feel offended by it. Thats the way we are..

so on and so forth..

The racist double whammy made what was till then a run down Channel 4 prgram and an also-ran Indian actress into a worldwide celebrity. The script then was followed to the 'T' when Indian politicians jumped into the debate in all their infinite wisdom.They were so close to turning this non event into a diplomatic incident and the Finance Minister of India (no less) stated that this incident would not affect British- Indian relations and business ties.It was a nice coincidence to see British PM in waiting Gordon Brown being in India at the same time and feverishly trying to defend British's openness (yeah rite:-) ).Thank God the Indian government did not think about recalling the British ambassdor on this..:-)

To liven things up there were the usual Indian suspects.. Bunch of people in Patna getting together on a roadside chowk, burning some effigies, chanting slogans and creating some audio video spectacle that got captured by everything from New York Times to NDTV.

The sheer hypocricy behind this public charade makes this incredibly funny and darn stupid. Why do Indians get worked up over such silly non issues. Why does some actress's, wilful participation in a television program for her 5 cents of fame and bucks affect our national identity and pysche. Why dont Indian people get worked up over real issues affecting our nation.As the current Congress government ruled by the imbecile called Manmohan Singh plays havoc with our national security, home affairs, education etc, nobody in India utters a damn word. The gruesome killings in Nithari already seem to find a place in the later pages of the newspapers and only an occasional mention on national news. Soon it will be forgotten only to be replaced by a weeping 'damsel in distress' on Channel 4 in a far away land..

Some things never change in stupid India..:(


Anonymous Anonymous said... true!!! Well, Its not''stupid India''..i think ''stupid indians'' is more appropriate!Do people really bother abt racism, India or shilpa shetty? There are so many people around facing racism in every kind of form, so why such a hype about shilpa shetty???? (which human with a little self respect feel so strongly of being a racism victim and then refuse because the show is over?)I guess they were all paid to put up a drama..which blew up beyond they had planned!!!!Its high time we all grow up and look for better things to do then watching a crapy reality i think ''bold and beautiful'' is not that bad after all...Preeti Pathanjali

March 24, 2007 9:33 AM  
Blogger Ragini said...

well said.....maybe these thoughts should be published where many more indians and prolly shilpa herself can read it..(that is if she can read n understand "english")


November 28, 2007 11:34 AM  

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