‘Khaali Peeli’ Song Gets 1.6 Lakh Dislikes, Fans Apologise To Beyonce For ‘Racist’ Lyrics

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.

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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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