After Bollywood bigwigs like Karan Johar, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and the rest of the world, thei colleague Abhay Deol slammed them for being selective.
In a post on Instagram, Abhay Deol wrote, “Migrant lives matter, poor lives matter, minority lives matter.”
The post was a handwritten message as he captioned it, “Maybe it’s time for these now? Now that ‘woke’ Indian celebrities and the middle class stand in solidarity with fighting systemic racism in America, perhaps they’d see how it manifests in their own backyard? America has exported violence to the world, they have made it a more dangerous place, it was but inevitable that it would come back karmically. I’m not saying they deserve it, I’m saying look at the picture in it’s totality.”
Abhay continued, “I’m saying support them by calling out the systemic problems in your own country, because they turn out to be one and the same thing. I’m saying follow their lead but not their actions. Create your own actions, your own movement, relevant to your own country. That is what the #blacklivesmatter movement is all about! In the larger picture, there is no “us” and “them”. There is not a country that’s real. But a planet in peril. #migrantlivesmatter #minoritylivesmatter #poorlivesmatter #blacklivesmatter.”
Read the full post here:
Soon after a black man George Floyd was killed by a police officer in the US, violence erupted on the streets of America and people protested for justice and redressal. Bollywood celebs voiced their concerns on social media, asking for justice and offering their condolences. This met with a lot of criticism as people pointed out that these celebs don’t speak on issues that are of national importance but take sincere interest in things that happen outside of the country.
Meanwhile, Abhay’s post has been garnering support and people offer to agree with him. One user wrote, “So so true! Thank you for saying this. We need more influencers speaking up. It’s saddening that the privileged of this country are so vocal for George Floyd (not that they shouldn’t) but turn a blind eye to the migrants labourers, the Dalits and others facing discrimination in their own neighbourhood.” Another wrote, “Thank you for not fearing to stand against all odds and voicing what is right. May people learn from you and kindness prevails.”