Actor Hira Mani was recently in the spotlight for glorifying cheating in relationships and now her husband Mani has sparked a controversy too.
Last night, the TV host/actor put up his unsolicited views about #MeToo, particularly at the expense of the movement's founder Tarana Burke.
Let's ignore the fact that Mani doesn't quite get how to fit images on Instagram but thinks he knows all about women's struggles. Just for a sec.
In his post, Mani encapsulates the misogynistic view that attacks Burke for her looks rather than listen to her story, completely ignoring the fact that many instances of harassment and assault are about power and dominance and not satisfying lust.
He also seems unaware of his responsibility as a celebrity. If he can't provide empathy or support to survivors, he should just stay quiet, like how women have been for decades.
To mock a sexual assault survivor is a pretty low move and we expect better from our celebrities who often represent us on global platforms and are meant to be role models for their fans. And we're not the only ones who think so. Mani did not get as many 'hahahas' as he was hoping for.
Instead, he is facing a lot of backlash over his post, with many calling him out on misogyny and bigotry.
Mani has since removed the post and issued an apology on behalf of his PR person whom he blames for the mishap.
We do wish Mani was more responsible about #MeToo and hope he understands what's at stake when he mocks the voices of thousands of women.