Actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha has courted fresh controversy recently over his remarks around the #MeToo movement.
According to reports, the actor, while speaking at an event, made fun of the movement saying he was 'fortunate' that his name wasn't called out despite 'everything' he has done.
I really call myself fortunate that in today’s times, despite everything that I have done, my name hasn’t come out in the #MeToo movement.
He even goes on to say,
Behind the fall of a very successful man is also a woman.
He further added that his wife is like a 'shield for him'. When he was questioned on his statements, he commented that his words should be taken in the 'right humor'.
I listen to my wife and often take her as a shield with me so that even if there’s nothing, I can show, ‘I am happily married, my life is good. Don’t take it otherwise. Please take it with plain sense of humour. I highly appreciate, applaud the women who, better late than never, have come forward. I salute their courage and guts.
His misogynistic comments clearly did not go down well and the Internet is now calling out the actor for trivialising such an important movement.
Were you expecting your name ?— Fitness-Lifetsyle-Motivation (@anandicted) February 7, 2019
Sir bolne kuch jaate ho bolte kuch aur ho. Isse acha KHAMOSH ho jao.— MS (@connectwithms) February 7, 2019
Khamosh! - everyone to Shatrughan Sinha https://t.co/HMMcIug0KI— Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) February 7, 2019
#MrShatrughanSingha I beg to differ. In the Era of #MeToo Behind successful man's fall is his actions, wrongdoings, abuse. Don't put blame on #Woman for his wrongdoing. It's high time we put blame where the fault lies. Blame the fall on his mindsets, values, narcissistic behavior— RuchiAngrish (@RuchiAngrish) February 7, 2019
Then I appeal to the victims of @ShatruganSinha pls file complain immediately and get him punished— Siddharth (@s_mishras) February 6, 2019
Shatrughan Sinha: ''I've been fortunate that DESPITE doing all that I did, my name hasn’t popped up in the #MeToo.'' Will someone please tell him to STOP making ''the #MeToo'' sound like a pop-up ad on his phone that he was dreading given his incriminating search history? UGH.— medhachakrabartty (@medhac1) February 7, 2019
This guy 🤦🏽♀️You should have really exercised your “Khamosh” 🤫— VisalaakshIyer (@VisalaakshiG) February 7, 2019
@ShatruganSinha should realise that there is NO fun in such comments. He is mocking his victims. He is also undermining MeToo moment.— sunil mandrawadkar (@s_mandrawadkar) February 7, 2019
Behind every successful man’s fall his own shameful wrong acts are responsible.. 🙏🏻— Adv. Vallabh Panvelcar (@VallabhPanvelc1) February 6, 2019
Later at the event, Mr. Sinha defended his statement, saying it should be taken as a joke.