The Indian internet population has evolved. It has constantly been learning. And when Hardik Pandya appeared with his whole racial, sexist, and misogynist slurs at Karan Johar’s show ‘Koffee with Karan’, the Twitter quickly identified how problematic it was and went all guns blazing. This is good, actually. This means people are more aware and they know who to call out and when. But do they?
While Hardik Pandya deserves ALL the hatred he has been subjected to, we believe it’s unfair to give K. L. Rahul and Karan Johar a free pass. They must be held equally responsible for promoting and applauding the problematic behavior of Hardik Pandya.
People like them are everywhere and they often get away with it because they are not the ones *who actually say it*. But in retrospect, they are the ones who propagate such dialogues and behavior.
Karan Johar and K. L. Rahul laughed at each at every racial and sexist slurs hurled by Hardik Pandya. Their laughter gave him the motivation to continue being a total jerk.
Karan Johar: Why don’t you ask women’s names at nightclubs?
Hardik Pandya: I like to watch and observe how they move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.
He objectified women. He appropriated another culture by calling himself black (African). And yet, Karan Johar laughed. He laughed and kept asking problematic questions that encouraged even more problematic responses. K. L. Rahul’s silent smile didn’t help either.
When Karan Johar and K. L. Rahul were discussing an incident of KL’s parents finding a condom in his wallet, Hardik Pandya blurted out of nowhere:
With my family I am open about everything. I am like aaj karke aaya hai.
He further mentions that his parents feel proud when he says that. But Hardik Pandya, this is not you being cool and candid about conversation related to sex, no mister. This statement is stinking of your toxic masculinity and arrogance. And yet, Karan Johar as well as K. L. Rahul laughed as if they are almost proud of him for saying that.
We really wished it ended here. But no, he went on and on.
Pandya: At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women) and they were like wah proud of you beta.
He objectifies women. He proudly displays his never-ending male privilege. He ACTUALLY ENACTS this scene like he is so so so proud of it. And yet, Karan Johar totally enjoys this.
Moving on, the three of them even had an inappropriate and obnoxious conversation related to cheerleaders.
Imagine how impactful it would have been if any one of Karan Johar or K. L. Rahul had chosen to take a stand and call out Hardik Pandya on National television for his arrogant and obnoxious statements.
That’s something we’d have loved to see. We’d have loved to write an article on how one of them took a stand and did what was needed to be done. But no, that never happened.
And honestly? That never happens. Not just in the world of celebrities, that never happens in our world either. How many of you have actually called out a friend for saying something problematic?
How many of you have had the nerve of calling out a certain someone in public for hurling racial and sexist statements?
Not many. Not many.
Because we are all classic slaves of ignorance. Back then, we had the excuse of not being *woke enough*. And now, we have the mask of ignorance. As long as we continue wearing that mask, we cannot really expect any change.
Everytime you laugh at a problematic remark, you are just as much a part of it as the one who said it.
Although Hardik Pandya took to Twitter and apologized for his inappropriate remarks, it remains to be seen whether Karan Johar and K. L. Rahul take responsibility for their unapologetic giggles or not.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019