'Bhangi' comment row: Sonakshi Sinha apologises after Valmiki Samaj protests
In her statement, the actress said that her comments were 'unintentional'.
The issue escalated over the weekend with members of the religious community burning her effigy in UP's Moradabad district on Sunday as a mark of protest. On Sunday, the 32-year-old actress apologised via social media. In a statement issued in English and Hindi, she said that the comments were 'unintentional', and meant no harm to anyone.
"With reference to an interview I did with Siddharth Kanan on July 23, 2019, I place on record that I have tremendous regard and respect for the Valmiki Samaj and all their valuable contributions to our society and country. If any person or community has been hurt by the usage of any word by me, despite it being unintentional and un-derogatory to anyone, I humbly apologise for the same," her post read.
https://t.co/suVHAV1uMl— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) 1564946811000
Last month, the 'Khandaani Shafakhana' actress had used the word 'bhangi' during a radio interview, which had offended the Valmiki community.
During the radio interaction, Sinha had said likes to dress casually for the airport. She further added there are days she doesn't get time to prep for the airport look due to her hectic schedule.
The portion of the interview that caused an uproar has been removed. "Yeh thodi hai ki purposely ghar jaake, 'bhangi' banke chali jayungi". Which means - I won't purposely dress like a 'bhangi' (to any place).
Earlier this year during the release of his film, 'Article 15' star Ayushmann Khurrana introduced a campaign - #Don'tSayBhangi - on social media. He wrote, "Galti toh kisi se bhi ho sakti hai, par hum kisiki tulna neechi jaati ke logo se kyun karte hai? Kya inke khilaaf apka yeh nazaria theek hai? Isse aaj hi badaliye. Sign the petition #DontSayBhangi, now."
Galti toh kisi se bhi ho sakti hai, par hum kisiki tulna neechi jaati ke logo se kyun karte hai? Kya inke khilaaf… https://t.co/EpUvFkx4Nu— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) 1560771692000
In 2017, actors Shilpa Shetty and Salman Khan also got themselves into trouble after improper use of the word. While Khan casually referred to his dancing style as 'bhangi during his movie promotion on a show, Shetty had used the word to describe her clothes at home during a media interaction. Shetty had issued an apology on Twitter after protests by the Valmiki community, who had also lodged a complaint wih the police against the actors.
Some of my words from an interview in the past have been misinterpreted.It was never said with the intent of hurting anyone’s feelings...— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) 1514036170000
I apologize if they have. I’m proud to belong to a country that boasts of diverse castes and creeds and I respect each one of them.— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) 1514036267000