VJs who body-shamed Suriya slammed on social media
Two anchors who insulted actor Suriya in their show are facing the wrath of his fans
Body-shaming is not new to our entertainment industry. In the garb of humour, it has been a staple of our films right from the days of Goundamani and Senthil. But two VJs probably took it too far, inviting the wrath of fans and social-media users, when they decided to take potshots at actor Suriya's physical appearance.
VJs Sangeetha and Niveditha, while discussing Suriya and KV Anand's upcoming film on their show titled Franka Sollatta, joked about Suriya needing a stool, if Amitabh Bachhan were to do a cameo in his film.
Their comments have since then been slammed by many on different social media platforms, including people from the industry. Some unconfirmed reports hint at a legal notice, which has been sent to the channel from the actor's side for making such comments.
Popular personalities who have expressed their outrage at the VJs' comments, include Vishal, the general secretary of the Nadigar Sangam and president of the Producers' Council, critic and producer Dhananjayan, actor Karunakaran, and Vignesh Shivn, the director of Suriya's latest film, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam.
Funny !! ???? Absolutely not. How unethical in the name of sense of humour. Totally senseless. pic.twitter.com/0e4netQd6s— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) January 18, 2018
Very shocking to see such mean comments in a popular music channel on the height of a big star. Looks like they have not read history - many great men like Nepoleon who achieved global fame were short in height. @SunMusic must remove this program video totally ✍️✍️✍️ https://t.co/0IfkAsU0nA— Dhananjayan Govind (@Dhananjayang) January 18, 2018
When you dont have skills to run a show dont be stupids plz https://t.co/X3Ap5l8rRF— Karunakaran (@actorkaruna) January 18, 2018
These days..Film industry has becum such a soft target for every1— Vignesh ShivN (@VigneshShivN) January 18, 2018
There is no respect for such a dignified man& somethin needs to be done:( https://t.co/jMHWR6vhXb
Many pointed out the irony of such body-shaming having been made socially acceptable by the film industry in the first place. Meanwhile, the VJs have been the target of abusive and misogynistic tweets, with some threatening them with violence.
In a recent development, actor Suriya reacting to this outrage tweeted requesting his fans not to engage in crass trolls, and to use their times productively instead.
தரம் தாழ்ந்த விமர்சனங்களுக்கு எதிர்வினையாற்றி நம் தரத்தை நாம் குறைத்துகொள்ள வேண்டாம். உங்களின் நேரத்தையும், சக்தியையும் பயனுள்ள செயல்களுக்கு செலவிடுங்கள். சமூகம் பயன் பெற. #AnbaanaFans— Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) January 20, 2018