Bollywood's Deepika Padukone has slammed India's leading newspaper The Times of India over a tweet focusing on the actress's cleavage.
The 28-year-old actress went on Twitter and called out the paper for its take on "news" and replied, "YES!I am a Woman.I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??"
Supposedly India's 'LEADING' newspaper and this is 'NEWS'!!?? pic.twitter.com/D3wiVVXuyM— Finding Fanny (@deepikapadukone) September 14, 2014
YES!I am a Woman.I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??— Finding Fanny (@deepikapadukone) September 14, 2014
The tweet by the paper, which has now been deleted, was screen grabbed by the actress and had over 8,000 retweets and replies from both fans and Bollywood industry professionals. And instead of apologizing or owning up to their comments, the newspaper tweeted back to the actress, saying it was a compliment.
Dear TOI,September 14, 2014
After the incident, the hashtag #IStandWithDeepikaPadukone was trending for hours in India, calling out the paper for being cheap and disgusting, while recognizing Padukone for taking on one of the country's biggest media players.
And although Bollywood, just like its Western counterparts, has been criticized for being sexist, the BBC points out this isn't the only time Bollywood's leading women have clashed with local media.
In 2013, actress Mallika Sherawat shut down a reporter for calling out her comments on India being regressive for women — which Sherawat insisted was the truth.
Since the original tweet and response to Padukone, however, the paper has not replied to the actress on Twitter.
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