“Our true nationality is mankind”. No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can also be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
With social media dominating the world, people get to express their own opinion. But at times, netizens come up with comments which are deemed contrary to the spirit of human values.
We have come across people shaming or trolling every second person for their posts on social media. Be it right or wrong reason, some people still find a reason to troll them. From body shaming to talking about their skin colour, it has been a never-ending story.
Several female Bollywood celebrities have been on the receiving end of body-shaming trolls. However, there are some celebrities who hit out at the body shamers by coming up with bold statements.
Donald Trump termed former Miss Universe as Miss Piggy. When one of the fans had suggested that Barkha Dutt should think about interviewing Sushmita Sen about Donald Trump, Sushmita Sen quickly intervened and gave a sharp reply to Donald Trump’s body-shaming comment. She said “When INDIA won MU, Paramount Communications-owned the pageant not Trump. THANKGOD!! besides, you should know me better!”
Fans made distasteful remarks about her body, character and her condition after her breakup with Hrithik Roshan. She wrote: “I am not ashamed of anything, not my past, not my affairs, not my body and most definitely not my desire. So slut-shaming won’t work either. Kangana has also stated that she will never endorse fairness creams like some of her colleagues in the industry.”
Sonakshi Sinha often gave fitting replies to body shamers. When asked about the problem of body shaming in the media, she replied, “It’s absolutely shameful. Today if anybody has been targeted for being a certain way, it’s me. But I don’t let it get to me. I know what is more important is that I project a healthy body image for girls who look up to me. Tomorrow if I become skinny, what’s the point? I won’t be able to work well.
I’ll fall sick all the time. I know that’s not my body structure, not my body type. I’ve worked very hard to look the way I look today. I used to weigh 95 kilos. What more do you want from me?”
Parineeti Chopra was often criticised for her weight. She took to Instagram and uploaded a plump photo of her with a long caption. “All my life, I have struggled with how I look, how I feel, and how people looked at me. I was constantly made fun of, but the person I was, I generously laughed with them.
Today, many people ask me what triggered the weight loss, did I give into the “Bollywood pressure”? To that I say – Thank God I became an actor and had that pressure! I can achieve what I couldn’t achieve otherwise. I feel confident, I feel at peace, and I feel proud! Girls and women meet me all around the world, at airports, events, on the street; they hold my hand, hug me, and tell me their struggles and how I changed their lives.”
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
After Aishwarya Rai gained some kilos due to her pregnancy, she was hit by body shaming remarks. She didn’t speak on it but her husband Abhishek Bachchan came out in support of his wife.
“Yes, she’s a public figure, but people forget she’s also a woman and now a mother and there’s a line that’s not to be crossed. I don’t talk that way about any woman ever and it’s obviously not graceful for anyone to talk about her like that either.”
Sonam Kapoor was on the receiving end of trolls for her bold comments of late. Though she lost a lot of weight earlier, she still faces the issues about body shaming. Replying to body shaming trolls, she said: “Aspire to confidence. Aspire to feeling pretty and carefree and happy, without needing to look any specific way”
Bollywood actress Vidya Balan made an offensive comment towards the public when she was told to start exercising and to lose weight. She got annoyed and suddenly vent out frustration towards some people by saying ‘f*ck you’.
In a recent interview, Vidya opened up that she had hormonal problems since childhood and because of this, she would even try starving at points. She said, “I’ve had hormonal problems all my life. It’s probably because of the judgment I’ve carried around my body. When I was a teenager, people would tell me, ‘You’ve got such a pretty face, why don’t you lose some weight?’
It’s not a nice thing to say to anyone. Be it a child or a grown-up. So, I’d starve myself, I’d go through crazy exercise regimens and lose weight. Then the hormonal issue would settle for a bit before it reared its head again.”
Vidya Balan gives bold reply to haters who wants her to lose weight
Vidya said that even when she was thin, she felt fat. “Weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain was my pattern for as long as I can remember. Years ago, I stopped watching my shots on the monitor at shoots because I’d look at the monitor and be thinking, ‘Am I looking fat?”
She said, “When people tell me why don’t you start exercising, I want to say f**k you! How do you know I haven’t been exercising? Do you know how hard I exercise? Do you know what challenges I’ve been facing?
“Do you know that my hormonal problem has made it impossible for me to lose weight for years in between? Not just that, there was a period in between when the more I’d work out, the more I’d put on? People would insinuate that you must be eating unhealthy or that you’re lazy.
And these things stick with you. It would anger me no end. I kept wanting people to stop judging me. But over time, I realised that people judge you/your body only if you do,” she added.