The Eloquent Ms Padukone
The elegant and intelligent Deepika Padukone, the Bollywood film star, has been having words with The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English newspaper, who asininely tweeted, “OMG: Deepika Padukone’s Cleavage Show”.
Finding this sort of line tiresome and crass, she re-tweeted, ” YES! I am a woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??”.
ToI tried to justify their position in a rather lame editorial, boasting, “Deepika, just for the record, we do not zoom into a woman’s vagina or show her nipples. As a newspaper, we take every care to ensure that we pixelate them if they show up in a picture…”
So Deepka wrote a splendid rebuff to this and posted it on Facebook, asking the ToI to respect women off-screen and to behave with a little more sophistication:
“It is not about breasts, penises, or any other body part being reported. It is a matter of context and how out-of-context the reportage is just to sell a headline. And more so during a time in dire need of an attitude shift towards women.”
Bravo, Deepika, bravo!