Shocking! Netflix in legal trouble after Madhuri Dixit termed as a ‘Leprous Prostitute’ in American sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’
MUMBAI :Madhuri Dixit is a Bollywood Diva who has been part of some of the most iconic and biggest blockbusters of the Hindi film industry. From Hum aapke Hain Kaun to Devdas, Madhuri has mesmerized her fans with her graceful charm and brilliant character portrayals.
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Now, we all know about the popular American sitcom show The Big Bang Theory that has a global fan following. The show is now in trouble for an episode where they termed Madhuri Dixit as ‘Leprous Prostitute’. Author and political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar has now sued Netflix over the episode and asked the streaming giant to pull down the content where the character Raj Koothrapalli, played by actor Kunal Nayyar made the derogatory remark on the Devdas actress.
The politician in his legal notice said that these kind of remarks are defamatory and offensive, as well as stereotyping women in the society. He also added that this kind of content promotes s*xism and misogyny.
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In the said episode, the characters Sheldon and Raj were comparing Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit while watching Ameesha Patel’s Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai.
Mithun said in a statement, “It is important to hold companies like Netflix accountable for their actions and to ensure that they are sensitive to the cultural values and sentiments of the communities they serve. I strongly believe that streaming service providers have a responsibility to carefully curate the content that they offer on their platforms. It is their duty to ensure that the material they present does not include derogatory, offensive, or defamatory content. I was deeply troubled by the use of a derogatory term in one of the shows on Netflix – The Big Bang Theory. This term was used in reference to the acclaimed actress Madhuri Dixit, and it was not only offensive and deeply hurtful but also showed a lack of regard for her dignity.”
He further added, “I strongly believe that streaming service providers must take such issues seriously and act quickly to address any instances of offensive or defamatory content.Furthermore, streaming service providers should be proactive in preventing such content from being streamed. This can be achieved through clear guidelines and rigorous screening processes for all the content published. Ultimately, streaming services have a significant influence over the content that is consumed by millions of individuals, and with this influence comes a responsibility to ensure that the content they offer is respectful, inclusive, and free from harmful stereotypes. I hope that this incident will serve as a wake-up call to all streaming services providers to work towards creating a more equitable and respectful media landscape.”
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