The latest Internet buzz has been the problematic nature of a sexist man, Hardik Pandya in Koffee with Karan. The cricketer has made a poor impression of himself, with his smug swagger on the show. Hardik Pandya along with K. L Rahul appeared on the show, the first time the show featured both sportspersons. However, this particular episode has been called out for Hardik Pandya being actively misogynistic. Bollywood stars that appear on the show barely discuss their sex lives. However, the sex discussion was quite open with no filter, which is great. But what is not okay, is to objectify women in the process.
A lot of cricket players seem to be in this bubble of fame and attention from women. And the product of that is people like Hardik. He kept spouting disrespectful comments about his affairs and objectifying women, and the men said nothing but encouraged him in giggles. It’s called a gentleman’s game, however, this cricketer seemed to possess none of the virtues of a gentleman. For a cricketer to consider the women he’s been with as “trophies” or “possessions” is not cool. The BCCI show cause notice to Hardik Pandya and k.l Rahul for comments on Koffee with Karan, demanding an explanation.
Now let’s break this down. Everything about Hardik Pandya in Koffee with Karan was cringeworthy. For instance. He spoke about how he communicated with his parents about his love interests, claiming; “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)'”. And that’s not the disturbing part, read on; “At a party, my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (who is your interest here?)’ so I said ‘yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” If this doesn’t make us question his values, then what does.
While Hardik projects himself as a misogynist jerk, Rahul acts as his wingman, encouraging him to do these things. He later goes about talking his dating lifestyle. And surprisingly The interview was scripted to keep circling back on his affairs, women, and intimacy with the fans. When Karan asks “ Who is more likely to copy-paste the same flirty text to multiple people?” To which he proudly points to himself, while Rahul backs up; “And I’ve gotten those same screenshots from two different people saying, ‘At least tell him to use different messages.’ The whole show went about celebrating the misogyny and everything that is wrong about these 2 men.
No real man is going to talk about women like they are some conquests that they’ve won. The last thing a gentleman would do is objectify a woman, and to feel proud about it. This youth icon, Hardik Pandya in Koffee with Karan, should have been responsible for his words, considering the fact that he could potentially wrongly influence millions of young men. Not to forget that the television show was watched by many impressionable young followers. The episode explained perfectly, why sexism and misogyny are still prevalent in the nation. It is never okay to objectify women, in the idea of gender equality, and be proud of it.
It is clear that Hardik Pandya has a lot to apologize for, but what about Karan Johar? Who smartly framed the questions to invite the right kind of responses, that he knew Pandya would provide. All, for some TRPs for the show? Just a few episodes behind, Karan gave a heartfelt monologue on the #MeToo movement, so what stopped him from uttering a word this time? After this episode was aired, it angered millions of people. Hardik Pandya apologizes for comments on Koffee with Karan; BCCI seeks an explanation. He conveniently blames the show for its casual nature, to be carried away, to act like the way he did.
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Hardik Pandya in Koffee with Karan has clearly tarnished his image as a youth icon, and all the backlash he received. But he made an attempt with his dull apology that lacked any glimpse of responsibility. He blatantly shifted the blame rather than owning up to his actions. Not just women, but even men of the nation seem ashamed by this behavior on national television. Now, who’s to say if this player’s apology was genuine or framed. We conclude by saying, that people of influence better own up to their comments and be responsible for what they say.
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