At the trailer launch of Kolayuthir Kaalam, Radha Ravi took a cheap dig at actress Nayanthara, slut-shaming her choice of roles.
DMK party suspends actor Radha Ravi over sexist remarks against Nayanthara
Chennai - 25 Mar 2019 14:00 IST
The DMK party on Monday temporarily suspended partyman and actor Radha Ravi following his sexist remarks against actress Nayanthara at the trailer launch of her film Kolayuthir Kaalam on Saturday. Radha Ravi’s comments invited the wrath of members from the Tamil film fraternity and public in general.
As per a statement issued by DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan on Sunday, the actor was being suspended from primary membership of the party.
"Actor Radha Ravi is being temporarily suspended from the party and all other party posts for breaching party discipline and acting in a manner that brings disgrace to the party," read his statement.
At the trailer launch, Radha Ravi took a cheap dig at Nayanthara, slut-shaming her choice of roles.
“Nayanthara has acted as a ghost and as goddess Sita as well. Earlier, KR Vijaya was the most popular choice to play the role of goddess. Today, anyone can be cast to play a goddess. They can cast someone who you want to pray to when you look at them, they can also cast someone you want to call towards you when you see them,” Radha Ravi was quoted in an article by Hindustan Times.
Singer and dubbing artiste Chinmayi Sripaada, who was banned from dubbing by Radha Ravi after she spoke against Vairamuthu for sexual harassment, was one of the first to call out Radha Ravi for his insensitive comment.
“Ok. So the Producers' Council and the Nadigar Sangam can’t take any action in my case because they cannot ‘interfere in the functioning of other unions’. But this man is actually abusing a successful female actor on stage. Do take action, if you could?,” Chinmayi tweeted.
Ok.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 23, 2019
So the Producer’s council and the Nadigar Sangam can’t take any action in my case because they cannot ‘interfere in the functioning of other unions’.
But This man is actually abusing a successful female actor on stage.
Do take action, if you could?
Mucccccchu thanksu. https://t.co/GXHhpZ8d85
She also tweeted after Radha Ravi was suspended from the DMK party.
Finally some action has been taken against #RadhaRavi .. After being temporarily suspended from #DMK! Now he shud be removed from the post of President, TN Dubbing Union and justice shud prevail... #SupportChinmayi @Chinmayi https://t.co/TLWaG7QyYJ— sridevi sreedhar (@sridevisreedhar) March 25, 2019
Actors like Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar tweeted: “Shaming women, making offensive jokes on women (which they think is not offensive) degrading women, using women as eye candy have all become a part of this film industry thanks to our previous generations of women and men who didn’t react and instead thought it was ok. This is our state.”
“If all the women in the film fraternity stood up with Chinmayi during Me Too, things would have changed,” she said.
She also pointed out that most film unions and associations are run by “male chauvinists”.
Only when it happens to u, u will realise what we were fighting for..if all the industry women stood up with @Chinmayi or me or the countless women during #metoo may b things would have changed.. silence isn’t gonna get us anywhere..#timesup every single woman has to stand up..— varalaxmi sarathkumar (@varusarath) March 24, 2019
If people are finding it funny that is the kind of world we have created by degrading ourselves n keeping silent for so many years of abuse..if we don’t start respecting ourselves..we can’t expect others to respect us.. speak up now..don’t wait until it happens to you n then cry— varalaxmi sarathkumar (@varusarath) March 24, 2019
KJR Studios, which has bankrolled films such as Aramm (2018) and upcoming horror-thriller Airaa with Nayanthara, swore to never cast Radha Ravi in any of their films in the future.
“We sincerely condemn Mr. Radha Ravi and will not cast him in any of our films and we will strongly advice our associates and friends in the industry not to cast him either,” read their tweet.
We sincerely condemn Mr #RadhaRavi and will not cast him in any of our films and we will strongly advice our associates and friends in the industry not to cast him either.#Nayanthara #KolaiyuthirKaalam #KJRStudios pic.twitter.com/IHDLBo3s9H— KJR Studios (@kjr_studios) March 24, 2019