Priyanka Chopra and several other different influential Bollywood celebrities have slammed an Indian tv commercial that critics declare promotes gang rape.
The commercial (which has since been taken off the air) was for Layer’r Shot, a male perfume model.
Within the commercial, a gaggle of 4 males look like stalking a lone girl in a retailer. As the girl bends over to place one thing in her purchasing cart, one of many 4 males within the advert says, “We’re 4, there’s one, who takes the shot?”
Solely as soon as the seemingly frightened girl turns round is it made clear the 4 males had been speaking in regards to the physique spray, of which there’s just one bottle on the shelf behind her.
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One of many males within the commercial then takes the bottle from the shelf and sprays the perfume on his neck.
Inside 24 hours of the commercial’s launch, outrage erupted on social media and the advert was faraway from the air. The Indian Ministry of Data and Broadcasting additionally requested Twitter and YouTube to take away the commercial.
Richa Chadda, an Indian actor, shared the commercial on Twitter, writing that the advert was “not an accident.”
“To make an advert, a model goes by a number of layers of resolution making,” Chadda wrote. “Creatives, script, company, consumer, casting… DOES EVERYONE THINK RAPE IS A JOKE?”
The actor additionally known as for the advert company to be sued “for the filth they’re serving.”
Chopra replied to Chadda’s tweet, calling the advert “shameful and disgusting.”
“How many individuals thought this was okay?” Chopra tweeted. “I’m so glad that it was known as out and now the ministry has taken it down. Appalling!”
Others nonetheless slammed the commercial, together with Farhan Akhtar, an Indian actor and director, who known as the advert “tasteless” and “shameful.”
On Monday, Layer’r Shot launched a “Assertion of Clarification.” The corporate claimed they “by no means supposed to harm anybody’s sentiments or emotions or outrage any girl’s modesty or promote any form of tradition, as wrongly perceived by some.”
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“Nevertheless, we sincerely apologize for the commercials that consequentially induced rage amongst people & a number of communities and beg their pardon,” the assertion continued.
They added that as of June 4 the commercial will absolutely stop being broadcasted.
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As many on social media identified, the commercial got here at a very horrible time, making it much more insensitive. In Might, a 17-year-old was allegedly raped by 4 males within the southern metropolis of Hyderabad in India. Based on experiences, when the teenager tried to report the rape, she was allegedly raped once more by a police officer.
Swara Bhasker, an Indian actor, drew the parallel in a tweet, claiming firms like Layer’r Shot are “‘cool-ifying’ rape & gangrape.”
Based on Statista, the variety of reported rapes in India was greater than 28,000 in 2020 (although many extra are believed to be unreported).
“Though experiences of rape have elevated lately, it was nonetheless related to disgrace for the sufferer, quite than the perpetrator,” Statista reported.
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