The ‘Ambarsariya’ singer Sona Mohapatra has recently tweeted against Salman Khan, calling him a ‘showcase and poster child of toxic masculinity’, which has not impressed his fans. Her comment came after Salman said that Priyanka Chopra ‘chose’ her husband Nick Jonas over Bharat.
Since then the singer started receiving threat messages from his angry fans. She claimed, “Three years ago, when I had taken a public stand against his ‘walking like a raped woman’ comment, I was trolled for two months and had to visit the police station regularly. There were acid attack and gang rape threats. But now, I have also received a lot of positive feedback. There are enough people who have been standing and speaking up. People are taking note,” Deccan Chronicle reported.
“His followers have been very inspired by his bad behaviour for a long time. There are these youngsters who think this is the way to behave and normalise it. But I have seen a huge shift in at least 80 per cent of comments. They understand what I am saying.”
Mohapatra then said that the trolling has been affecting her family as well. “I woke up to messages from my family members telling me to go to the police station and that they are all worried. So it is not easy for the family for sure,” she says.
Such & such mails come my way regularly , from the followers of this ‘hero’ of bad behaviour. 👇🏾This beacon of ‘human’ values who inspires such serial toxic behaviour is actually claiming the title of #Bharat , drawing parallels with our great nation, nothing lesser. @NCWIndia pic.twitter.com/8cxH6vtZyg
— Sona Mohapatra (@sonamohapatra) May 28, 2019
A day after threat, a Salman Khan fan apologised to her on Twitter for supporting Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and the singer has now received an apology from the man on email.
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Sona recently took to Twitter to sharing, “From S**t ‘I’ll kill you’ to ‘Sona Mam’. A journey of toxic intimidation to ‘being intimidated’ within 24 hours? I’m guessing he figured that India would find & thrash him soon enough. Dear followers of bhai the bully, please read the writing in the wall. Your time is UP.”
In the screenshot shared by the singer, the Salman fan wrote, “Dear Sona Ma’am. I’am really sorry for the death threat mail I send yesterday. I’am so sorry for my act. I didn’t mean to offend you. Being a die hard Salman Khan fan, I couldn’t think straight once I read your post, my anger took over and I greatly regret my action. Please forgive me. Regards.”
Calling out Salman Khan for his misogynistic remarks, Mohapatra says, “Calling Salman out was not personal. I don’t really care, he is just the poster child of toxic masculinity. He symbolises a lot of things that are wrong when it comes to gender. I think the whole country needs to watch for what’s right and wrong behaviour and he can’t help his bad behaviour. But I don’t want to empathise with him at all because I don’t think any of us should.”
Cus @priyankachopra has better things to do in life, real men to hang out with & more importantly, girls to inspire with her journey. 🤟🏾🔴
— Sona Mohapatra (@sonamohapatra) May 26, 2019
She adds, “After Sultan he again went on a spree; he was literally interrupting Katrina Kaif every time she spoke, took jibes at her and put her down,” she said. “He also referred to his project as the ultimate gift to humankind and womankind. It was appalling, and that’s the kind of behaviour that inspires the youth.”
In the wake of the #MeToo allegations, the singer had previously accused singer Kailash Kher of sexual harassment.
Feature Image Credit: The Indian Express