Last week, the US erupted into nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, while in police custody. #BlackLivesMatter re-entered the discourse and some stars in Bollywood felt like they had to chime in. The same celebrities who’ve remained largely mum throughout the migrant crisis unfolding in India for two months now, who did not speak up during the anti-CAA protests, who’ve turned a blind eye while minorities in India have faced discrimination.
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The irony of these film stars, speaking up in support of minorities in a country that’s on the other side of the globe was not lost on one member of their fraternity, Abhay Deol.
The actor called out the celebrities who had hopped on to the #BlackLivesMatter bandwagon by reminding them of issues more specific to their own country, posting #MigrantLivesMatter, #MinorityLivesMatter, and #PoorLivesMatter on Instagram. “Maybe it’s time for these now? Now that “woke” Indian celebrities and the middle class stand in solidarity with fighting systemic racism in America, perhaps they’d see how it manifests in their own backyard?” he wrote in the post’s caption.
“Now that ‘woke’ Indian celebrities and the middle class stand in solidarity with fighting systemic racism in America, perhaps they’d see how it manifests in their own backyard?,” wrote #AbhayDeolhttps://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/abhay-deol-criticises-celebs-voicing-support-to-black-lives-matter-movement-create-your-own-actions-relevant-to-your-country-8444361.html …Abhay Deol criticises celebs posting about Black Lives Matter: ‘Create your own actions relevant to…Abhay Deol said Indian celebrities and the middle class have turned a blind eye to the problems pertaining to the migrant crisis and marginalisation of minorities in their own country.firstpost.com4286:26 PM – Jun 3, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy134 people are talking about this
Deol displayed a sensitivity and awareness of the ground realities that the others lacked, even though their hearts may have been in the right place while supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It’s not the first time he’s come across as having a firm grasp on the underlying discrimination that runs through Indian society – he also called out his colleagues for endorsing fairness creams back in 2017. This time as well, his stand has attracted praise from many corners.
Yes, solidarity begins at home. Thank you @AbhayDeol for stating the obvious!https://www.scoopwhoop.com/entertainment/abhay-deol-calls-out-woke-celebrities-positing-about-blm-overlooking-issues-in-their-own-country/?ref=social&type=fb&b=0 …Solidarity Begins At Home : Abhay Deol Calls Out ‘Woke’ Indian Celebs For Their Selective OutrageHis latest Instagram post talks about how racism is worldwide.scoopwhoop.com17.2K3:57 PM – Jun 3, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy4,157 people are talking about this
While many would call out the Bollywood celebrities lending their voices to the protests in the US hypocrites for their silence on issues within India, the same charge can clearly not be levelled at Deol. That he chose to raise his voice for communities suffering in India, which is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre, even while uncle Dharmendra and cousin Sunny Deol are members of the party is noteworthy.
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Twitter of course fell in love with the actor all over again.
The one and only @AbhayDeol!
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ABHAY DEOL GETS IT. https://twitter.com/GauravXm/status/1268029604666716160 …Xm@GauravXmStan only and only Abhay Deol522:12 PM – Jun 3, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee No’s other Tweets
Bollywood stars in India are rarely known for taking strong stands on social issues. In Abhay Deol, it’s great to see one who bucks that trend.