If you have been listening to Bollywood songs or watching the films, you will agree that some of them openly propagate toxic masculinity, racism, colourism, sexism among other societal ills. But the audiences today have become vigilant enough to express their disagreement with such plot lines.
And in a recent incident, a song starring Ananya Pandey and Ishaan Khatter named ‘Beyonce Sharma Jayegi’ from their upcoming movie ‘Khaali Peeli’ had to bear the brunt of angry audiences for their racist lyrics, reports News18.
The song that was released on YouTube on Sunday makes a colourist remark on American singer Beyoncé. Its lyrics go like:
“Bhadkili nakhrili Chamkili Lachkili. Tu jo kamar ye hilayegi, Oh tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyonce sharma jayegi.” This loosely translates to- Gaudy woman with a lot of tantrums when you move your waist, after looking at you fair woman, Beyonce will feel shy.
People were outraged on hearing the song and the insensitive remarks on the popular Hollywood songwriter and performer. Hence, they downvoted the song on the online video sharing platform. At the time of writing, around 1 lakh 60 thousand people have disliked the video.
Not only this but people online also apologised to Beyoncé and slammed the makers of the song.
We are sorry for this. pic.twitter.com/MGZQDoaaiC
— Bunny (@Bunny_I_) September 7, 2020
'Beyonce sharma jaegi' is the worst ever song i have heard. Seriously @VishalDadlani @ShekharRavjiani never expected this from you guys. Such a racist and derogatory remarks in the song. Be a music director rather than an activist on twitter. #KhaaliPeeli #BeyonceSharmaJaayegi
— Pratik Saraogi (@_psaraogi71) September 7, 2020
beyoncé you dont deserve this slander kween
— ًrosie day! (@flrtytete) September 7, 2020
— Your Daddy (@Yalgaar__Ho) September 7, 2020
— Swagatika Kishan (@KishanSwagatika) September 7, 2020
The way racism is so normalised in bollywood and in Indian Gp
ISTG I showed my mom the video and she was like what's wrong with it
"Oh tujhe dekh ke GoOriYa Beyonce bhi Sharma jaayegi"
Mujhe duniya tyaag deni hai
— Chai's cup⁷☕ (@RoseSJ1997) September 7, 2020
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Beyonce sue them for defamationpic.twitter.com/21gbj4lMaK
— Adi (@_SGomezuniverse) September 7, 2020
— Mridul Sharma (@MridulS49939293) September 7, 2020
Bollywood hitting new levels of low after hitting rock bottom.
Using obnoxious lyrics, skin color and comparing her with #Beyonce . Utter disappointment again. pic.twitter.com/FQW7HVd2pD
— Chaos. (@nayeemiqbal_) September 7, 2020
I loved @VishalDadlani and @ShekharRavjiani 's songs..but this time it wasn't expected from them at least d way they created the song #BeyonceSharmaJaayegi
How could we even respect you when you are supporting white people over black even though when u support #BlackLivesMatter
— Ojoswinee Deb (@ojoswinee) September 7, 2020
Waiting for Beyonce to file a case…. https://t.co/VrQrf1xqd0
— 𖧵MINI⁷❖⟭⟬ बांग पीडी की बहू ⟬⟭ (@pragmatic_prick) September 7, 2020
The comment’s section of the song on YouTube was also flooded with comments where people are calling out the racism.
Well, I fail to understand that at the time when several people, including Bollywood celebs, are advocating movements like #BlackLivesMatter and openly talking about India’s unjust obsession with fair skin, how songs with such insensitive lyrics are still made? What do you think of this incident? Tell us.
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