Shah Rukh Khan On MeToo: We should all respect the bravery that this required

Author : Grinell Jacinto
Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan

The #MeToo movement took India – especially the Bollywood industry – by storm in 2018. Some actors/directors lost their films because of the #MeToo allegations against them.

The Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, stayed mum on this till now. But recently, the actor opened up about the #MeToo Movement saying:

“Well, I don’t want to say that it’s a welcome thing to have happened, because one wishes it had never been necessary. But now that it has, I would like to say that it took great courage for these ladies to come forward — some of them shortly after their experiences, some of them years later. We should all respect the bravery that this required.”

He added:

“I also think we need to respect this enough to make sure it doesn’t just become a media sensation or a bunch of memes and scandals on social media — it shouldn’t be treated that way. Because then it could just become a fad, if I may use that word. This is something we need to take note of seriously and make sure it doesn’t happen.”

The actor concluded:

“I’m very proud to say that the response in India, on the whole, has been very clear cut: Listen, this kind of behavior at any kind of workplace is unacceptable. Unfortunately, sometimes in the past, even if people were aware, they thought it wasn’t their problem. I think that attitude is gone. I’m very proud that lots of people in the film industry, and other workplaces, have become aware and are taking note of it. We are now understanding that this is everyone’s responsibility. I think it’s a good thing. It feels wrong to say “good thing,” because I wish none of it ever happened.”

Shah Rukh Khan spoke about the #MeToo movement at the premiere of Zero in Beijing, China.

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