The recent episode of Koffee With Karan Season 6 featuring Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has stirred social media’s rage for its problematic comments.
Hardik Pandya was particularly called out for his chauvinistic attitude, and sexist and racist comments. Later after faching backlash, Pandya issued an apology, and BCCI reportedly declared that they might impose a two-match ban on the cricketers.
It is time the BCCI decides to take corrective steps for cricketers who talk rubbish on public platforms. Hardik Pandya was a disgrace to the cricket community the way he spoke on Koffeewith Karan show. He has insulted the women and also made a racist remark.— Ratnakar Shetty (@RatnakarShetty6) January 9, 2019
Adding to this row – according to multiple tweets by the netizens, the episode has gone missing from Hotstar website.
Has hotstar taken down the #KoffeeWithKaran episode with Hardik and KL? It’s no longer visible on the app. I just watched half of it yesterday and could not watch the rest with #HardikPandya ‘s over-the-top and disrespectful comments pouring out of his mouth.— Sharmistha Chatterji (@SharmisthaC1994) January 10, 2019
So hotstar removed the Kl rahul and Hardik Pandya episode from #KoffeeWithKaran .— harshit Singh (@harshits009) January 11, 2019
Viewers who were trying to access the show on Hotstar report that the episode is no longer available on the website. The other episodes are however running fine.
Hotstar has taken down that episode. pic.twitter.com/dJlG3ZRNVR— Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) January 10, 2019
Hotstar has also removed all the teasers and promotional pictures from the social media accounts, according to India Times.
Other than this, Virat Kohli also spoke up against the comments made by the two cricketers. He clearly said that the team doesn’t align itself with Pandya and Rahul’s views, according to ANI.
It’s taken us years to reach where we are, it’s sad if not just plain cringe to see youth icons expressing sexist views.