Twinkle Khanna has openly slammed The Viral Fever (TVF) boss Arunabh Kumar over the sexual harassment case against him, even as other Bollywood celebrities have opted to remain mum on the issue.
Just when you thought that Aruabh Kumar and TVF i.e The Viral Fever, his entertainment company, had stopped being news, ‘Mrs Funnybones’ Twinkle Khanna dropped some word-bombs on Arunabh, that are simply too badass!
It all started when an anonymous Medium user ‘Indian Fowler’ published a post on her blogtitled ‘The Indian Uber – That is TVF’. In the blog, the writer wrote about the sexual harassment she received in the hands of TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar for up to two years till she finally left the company.
Twinkle, who is known to speak her mind without mincing her words, took a dig at Kumar in her recent newspaper column, and explained why she doesn’t find it okay for men to call women “sexy” at workplace.
Taking a stab at the men in office spaces who misuse their power, privilege and position to play on female subordinates, Twinkle wrote, “In a corner office with a view sits a loathsome frog, his tongue intermittently darting at all the little file-toting flies. This frog is not interested in turning into a prince – he already believes he is one – and stares bug-eyed at the flies, his toys or his employees whatever moniker fits them best in his mind.”
Arunabh had earlier said in an interview: “I am a heterosexual single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she is sexy. I compliment women, is that wrong?”
To this, the actress-turned-writer wrote: “‘Sexy’ is an acceptable compliment within a work environment only if she is a stripper and you are her pimp trying to boost her confidence before she takes the stage.”
Twinkle also advised those who truly fall for someone at work to respectfully ask the woman out for a drink. “Respectfully ask her out for a drink, and if she refuses your polite offer then go and drown your sorrows in that very drink and leave her alone. Do not stalk her, touch her, send her lewd messages and emails. And as far as compliments go, try telling her about her great presentation skills, her way with numbers, her astute negotiations. Telling a woman she is sexy in the bedroom is fine, telling her the same thing in the boardroom is simply deplorable. So think before you croak or it may just be your turn to be doused in formaldehyde and dissected next,” she wrote.
Twinkle’s post found support from husband Akshay Kumar, who retweeted it, along with a caption that read: “A relevant piece where Mrsfunnybones’ (Twinkle’s twitter handle) punches are harder than mine.”
“A few years ago, a message on my phone reduced me to tears in the car. I had reached breaking point after months of suggestive messages from a wealthy, powerful client that I had been pretending not to understand because all I wanted to do was to complete the project in a professional manner,” Twinkle wrote.
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