Can We Please Talk About The Obscene Comments On Live Sessions? It’s Disgusting And Women Shouldn’t Be Harassed Like This
We’re all in an extremely fragile state right now. Our mental health is messed up, we’ve watched everything on Netflix and now even other OTT channel and each day feels like a repeat of the previous one. And it’s not easy to keep it together. Throw in a star suicide and we’re grasping for our sanity.
And when this lockdown started, till now and possibly for some more months to come, live sessions became the way to go. A Live session is like actually talking to your audience because it happens in real time. I use the word audience very broadly here because everyone can go live and this lockdown has proved, that anyone will.
Most live sessions allow for a fun interaction with the people who follow you or are friends with you and you would think that these would be people that would maintain some decorum. And mostly they do.
Except, anybody can join a live session and sometimes it means really idiotic people who come on to live sessions to make derogatory comments about a woman. It wasn’t enough that we were being systematically harassed offline, now it’s online also and it’s worse because they hide behind screens.
At Hauterfly, we’ve had a couple of live sessions, discussing various topics where men have come and left comments about what they want to do the woman’s body, how they want to touch her, objectified us and left crass remarks that can put any woman off.
And it’s not a one off incident. Actually, it’s pretty common.
We say this after coming across another blood-boiling instance where a woman was objectified on an Instagram live session and spammed by messages that were far from decent. During a yoga session hosted by TV Actress, Aashka Goradia and her husband Brent Goble, the couple was forced to leave the session mid-way, for they couldn’t handle the intensity with which the trollers were dropping lewd remarks on Aashka.
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And this probably wouldn’t be the first time we’re hearing of such a case either. Earlier, around March, actress Shriya Saran was on a live when some idiot decided to come along and say ‘Boobs super’ to which the actress replied , calling it disgusting and moved right along. The fact that people still choose to comment on women’s boobs and ass during a session that was about yoga and spirituality, shows how often we fail our women.
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Irked and disturbed by what went down on Aashka’s live, that was also joined by Shveta Salve, the fellow actress angrily and rightfully so, reprimanded the people who were responsible for such obscene remarks. Taking to her Instagram story, publicly tagging the names of the perverts who decided to spam the session, Shveta called out this toxicity and accompanying her was another actress, Hina Khan who too joined in support. Talking about taking away their weapon ‘the veil of anonymity’, she too urged people to call such men out.
Surprising, this isn’t limited to just stars going online. According to recent reports, teachers who are now conducting sessions online so as to ensure that students do not have to suffer academically, have also been subjected to lewd remarks. Because the sessions are online, the punishment is way more lenient and a handful of kids are taking advantage of it.