Twinkle Khanna took to Facebook and penned down an apology for her not-so-polite jokes and tweets on the Mallika Dua row. The actress-turned-author confessed that her ‘reaction was purely emotional and without perspective’. Twinkle categorically said that she wasn’t trivializing the issue and was sorry if anyone felt so. Reasoning her outburst, Twinkle said that ‘this came at a point where I was already reeling from an onslaught of abuse against various members of my family’.
If you are unaware of what happened, we’ve got you covered. In one of the episodes of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, judge Akshay Kumar casually said to mentor Mallika Dua- “Mallika ji aap bell bajao, main aapko bajata hun”.
While the superstar’s comment was shunned for its sexist undertone, many questioned Twinkle Khanna’s silence as she has always been vocal about women rights and feminism. Finally, breaking her silence, Twinkle said that a joke should not be taken out of context. But, what snowballed into a bigger controversy for the lady were the jokes she tweeted about Mallika and her father Vinod Dua.
Here’s the Facebook post:
As I reflect on my actions this past week, I realize that I got pulled into this debate not as a social commentator but as a wife and unlike my normal, slightly rational self, my reaction was purely emotional and without perspective, and I have been rather miserable about it ever since.
I would like to apologize to everyone who felt that I was trivializing the cause of feminism especially because I strongly believe in equality and have been a feminist from the time I was a young woman, much before I even knew the term.
I think this came at a point where I was already reeling from an onslaught of abuse against various members of my family, which started with vicious and personal comments about my mother and went on to a widely shared open letter where the writer as a comeback for my comments about Karva Chauth tried to fling muck at every single member of my family. So when in this latest episode regarding my husband, my five-year-old was also dragged in for something that she had absolutely nothing to do with, I reached breaking point. And with my protective instincts in overdrive, I reacted irrationally with the only tools I have that help me retain my sanity in this fishbowl existence -words and lame jokes -though they have got me into trouble often enough in the past as well.
Once while embroiled in an earlier controversy (the story of my life it seems), I had written that a wise woman keeps her hands firmly in her pockets and does not accidentally unzip anything including her mouth. I am not this woman clearly, but I am going to try to be a little wiser from now on.
While Twinkle needs to be lauded for doing what was right, the question now remains- will Akshay Kumar follow suit? After all, it was Akshay’s comment which made Mallika uncomfortable.
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