Mukesh Khanna AKA Shaktimaan’s Sexist Comments On The #MeToo Movement Have Us Annoyed AF. Take The Cape From Him
Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, makes me roll my eyes harder or want to face palm myself more than men trying to come up with not just horribly untrue but also senseless justifications to their vile actions. Be it while they’re blaming a woman’s skirt for their own roving eye, or pointing out her success as a cause for her man’s failures, we’ve often been presented with rather lousy, insensible and sexist statements that make men sound stupid. And to add that already long list, we now have another name – veteran actor Mukesh Khanna who, with his recent statements about the #MeToo movement, is now briskly free falling into the anti-hero category.
In a video that has now gone viral on Twitter and for reasons that will make you cringe hard, Mukesh Khanna talks about the real reason and the origin of the #MeToo movement, that according to him started when women decided to walk shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts.
The 45 second video has him immediately uttering bullshit in the name of spreading awareness where he talks about how differently a man and woman are built. The sexist statements get worse from here on. Agreed, except he quickly added to it how the sole purpose and job of a woman is to actually take care of a house. Of course he thinks that.
— Hindutva Watch (@Hindutva__watch) October 30, 2020
The rest of the video has him pass statements like, “Problem kaha se shuru hue hai #MeToo Ki jabh aurato nein bhi kaam karna shuru kar liya. Aj aurat mard ke saath kandhey se kandha milani ke baat karti hai. Log women liberation ki baat karte hain. Problem yehi se shuru hoti hai. Sabse pehla member jo suffer karta hai woh ghar ka bachcha hota hai jisko maa nahi milti. Aya ke saath baithke saas bhi kabhi bahu thi dekh raha hota hai.”
Which loosely translates into him blaming women for ever thinking they could be equal to men and work like they do. He goes on to imply that the moment a woman decided to stand tall to their male counterparts, going to office to work, that is where the problems of sexual harassment at workplace started. At this point, we were wondering if was going to blame women for being born, because you know, that’s what causes crimes against women.
And that is not all. Mukesh Khanna went on to further take a dig at working women, condemning their parenting skills as he shoved yet anther stereotype in their face by saying that the children of working women are neglected, and left at home with their nannies, forced to watch Indian soap dramas like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. And this coming from a formerly loved TV show character, Shaktiman, who was once be a hit among children and the junta. Of course then we did not know that his real superpower was not flying or super strength, but passing revolting sexist remarks.
In his defence he did point at the right area when he said: sabse pehle problem yahi se shuru hoti hai. pic.twitter.com/rDJDvuiJKc
— Rationalist (@nm2179er) October 30, 2020
These ppl were always like this, but their views weren’t deemed acceptable earlier
They can now say that on national TV. Thats what you get when you choose ppl with misogynistic mentality to run the Govt. They encourage others to be shameless about it by doing same thing casually
— लाल बैटमेन (@brucekumarwayne) October 30, 2020
— LogicIndia (@india_logic) October 30, 2020
When a man goes ahead and feels comfortable to blame a woman for being attacked at a workplace, simply because she dared to work alongside her male counterparts, that is where the problem actually starts from. Sexism is so deeply ingrained in the minds of people at this point, that most of the time they probably can’t even hear how stupid and repulsive their thoughts make them sound. Like Mukesh Khanna here, who with is callous and insensitive remarks against women, will now mean that he will be remembered not as a superhero, but a superzero who thought it was okay to propagate sexist stereotypes against women. And not to forget, promote victim blaming, while absolving men of any responsibility.
And we weren’t the only ones he riled up with his little speech. Several people on Twitter rose up to comment on the thread, and call him out for his deeply misogynistic and problematic remarks. Like everyone else, we too are creatures of our own habit, and don’t need men to explain where the problem lies. We know exactly where that is, and it in this Mukesh Khanna-like absurd and disgusting mentality.