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Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone Slams Times Of India For Gross, Sexist Tweet

09/16/2014 12:04 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:53 EDT
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Indian Bollywood film actrss Deepika Padukone poses during the launch of the 'NDTV Fortis Health4U' nationwide Campaign in Mumbai on September 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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!!??"

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.

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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