Salman Khan is not new to controversies; die-hard fans of the actor argue that the superstar is naive. Some even defend the actor by calling him a man child. And those who worship the actor feel he’s the man with a golden heart. Well, guess the actor who is known for his philanthropic work Being Human, forgot to be one recently during one of his Race 3 promotional events. The actor was on a dance reality show with co-star Jacqueline Fernandez where he thought that his crude remarks on a 42-year-old lady’s weight were funny. Salman was clearly fat-shaming this contestant, who seemed oblivious to Khan’s insults as she met her idol Madhuri Dixit Nene on the show.
42-year-old Meenal Dhapre was subjected to humiliation by the actor when she requested to hug Madhuri ahead of her performance. Strangely, it was passed off as entertainment. In one of his unfunny comments, Salman said, “Araam araam se kahin stage na toot jaaye” (Careful, the stage might break). Dhapre after sharing her moment with the Kalank actress returned towards the stage, lost balance and fell down.
As Meenal performed to Mera Piya Ghar Aaya, Salman stood close to the stage and at the end of the act remarked, “Main wahan isliye khada tha ki aap kahin phir se tappa khaaker gir gaye toh?”. Salman was comparing Meenal to a ball, of course again indulging in some rather below the belt remark. The actor found “his” audience guffawing to the so-called “wise crack”.
That’s not all, Salman at one point in time asked if Madhuri and Meenal knew each other. When an excited Meenal refused and said how she belonged to a ‘chota shehar’ (small town) to which the actor actually dared ask her if she could fit in there, making another uncalled for comment about the lady’s weight.
Dear Salman, we know you’re the poster boy for fitness even at 50, but that does not give you any right to joke about people’s weight. And it’s clear that you do not know the meaning of fat-shaming, so here’s a quick and simple definition that will help you understand the term and your folly better.
The action or practice of humiliating someone judged to be fat or overweight by making mocking or critical comments about their size.
Expressing mockery or criticism about someone judged to be fat or overweight.
Cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size.
And even after this if the Race 3 star fails to understand why we’re offended, maybe he could take a lesson or two from his sister Arpita Khan Sharma’s this Instagram post..
This isn’t the first time Salman is news for his outing on Dance Deewane, the actor and his co-star Jacqueline faced heavy flak on social media for failing to understand the meaning of consent.