The ac­tor tries to de­fend him­self say­ing it was a for­warded mes­sage

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Rishi Kapoor has once again landed him­self in the soup. This time for his sex­u­ally loaded tweet de­mean­ing the US Demo­cratic Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton. He is be­ing called a ‘sex­ist’ and ‘misog­y­nist’.

He posted a meme (in­set) show­ing Hil­lary cough­ing with “Mon­ica, is this right?” writ­ten on the pic­ture. The ob­vi­ous sex­ual con­no­ta­tion that makes a ref­er­ence to Mon­ica Lewin­sky, the White House in­tern with whom her hus­band and for­mer US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton has had a tor­rid af­fair, is tough to miss. He cap­tioned the meme as, “His­tory be­ing checked! Tx for it ABjr. If it wasn’t RIGHT, it would have LEFT a bad taste (sic).”

Im­me­di­ately af­ter his lewd tweet, peo­ple started lam­bast­ing him. “Male Chau­vin­ism at its best!” wrote @shradaH41. An­other user @faiyazasm wrote: “Cheap. Crass. isog­y­nis­tic.” In re­sponse, Kapoor tweeted back: “... Don’t like it, delete me, like I do. F&#k you!”

When HT con­tacted him, he de­fended him­self say­ing, “Peo­ple have a per­verted mind. It could be Hil­lary clear­ing her throat and ask­ing Mon­ica if this is the right way to speak on the mic. All of this is their dirty mind.” The 63-year-old added,“I keep telling peo­ple who fol­low me, that it’s all in jest and fun. I know it came across as a sex­ist and misog­y­nis­tic re­mark but that was not the in­ten­tion. I had also put up Don­ald Trump’s pic­ture say­ing ‘ex­pect a howler’, maybe I shouldn’t have.”

He also blames the per­son who for­warded it. “It was a meme... a for­ward, and just be­cause it comes un­der Rishi Kapoor’s name it be­comes a big is­sue,” says the ac­tor, whose tweet thanks ABjr for for­ward­ing it, hint­ing that ac­tor Ab­hishek Bachchan, pop­u­larly called AB ju­nior, for­warded it.

He says, “I don’t mind if peo­ple take of­fence... Peo­ple have ab­so­lute lib­erty to say what they want to. Even I do things I want to... If I make a mis­take, I apol­o­gise.”

In the past, he was called out for body sham­ing ac­tors Huma Qureshi and Sonakshi Sinha.

It came across as a misog­y­nis­tic re­mark but that wasn’t the in­ten­tion. Peo­ple have a per­verted mind RISHI KAPOOR, AC­TOR


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