After the passing of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, many speculations are being made around the circumstances of his death. However, a recent report by a news channel broadcasted the actor's videos from January stating that 'he doesn't look depressed,' seems to be the last straw of the insensitive coverage that Sushant has been receiving.
How exactly does a depressed person 'look'? Are they constantly supposed to be crying? Sad? Upset? You cannot judge someone's state of mind from their physical condition.
Twitter too seems to be enraged by the idea of the stigma these comments are perpetuating about mental health and depression. Belittling someone's mental condition isn't acceptable.
Anchors who are bad at journalism which is their profession are deciding if a person has depression or not from pics— Rohan Desai (@4Ronnie7) August 3, 2020
Would depression visible on the face?— M V A Pannir Selvam (@mvapselvam) August 3, 2020
You guys are making a mockery of Sushant, his family, his life & mental health. No amount of greed for TRP’s can justify what you are doing. Pathetic !!— Harneet Singh (@Harneetsin) August 3, 2020
I agree . The stupidity is alarming here .— Yash (@yashgyy) August 3, 2020
Identifying depression is not as easy as Covid test. A smile on face is not an indicator of being happy or depressed— Ruturaj Deshmane (@DeshmaneRuturaj) August 3, 2020
Watch the full coverage here:
#EXCLUSIVE #Breaking | TIMES NOW has accessed 2 videos of Sushant Singh (dated January 2020) where there is no sign of depression on his face.— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) August 3, 2020
Family sources: 'Does he look depressed?'
Navika Kumar with details. | #SushantFatherAppealTape pic.twitter.com/usCRFaVVV0
Where is the sensitivity required while covering such stories?