In the past few days, several celebrities have spoken about the Maldives vacation trend and how it is insensitive to everyone who is suffering amid the pandemic. Amit Sadh, Shobhaa De and Shruti Haasan have called out their colleagues for displaying their privilege. Now, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has also reiterated these sentiments. Yahoo quoted him saying,
“These entertainment celebrities posting vacation pictures at a time when the world is reeling under the worst recession. Logon ke pass khana nahin hai aur aap paise phenk rahe ho. Kuch toh sharm karo.”
“But what else will they talk about? Acting? They will run out of steam in two minutes. In logon ne, Maldives ko tamasaha bana rakha hai. I don’t know what their arrangement is with the tourism industry. But for the sake of humanity, please keep these vacations to yourself. There is suffering everywhere. The cases of COVID are multiplying. Have a heart. Please don’t taunt those who are suffering.”
He added, “As a community, we entertainers in India need to grow up.” As far as his own holiday plans are concerned, he said,
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“No way. I am in my home town Budhana with my family. That’s my Maldives.”
Taking into consideration the rising number of cases and the pressure on the healthcare infrastructure, staying home is the safest option for everyone, don’t you agree?