[Source: Times of India]
Political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar has slapped Netflix with a legal notice over the use of derogatory remark against Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit Nene in the first episode of The Big Bang Theory’s second season.
He has demanded the removal of the show from the streaming platform by accusing the content of promoting sexism and misogyny.
The episode in question features Jim Parsons aka Sheldon Cooper comparing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Madhuri Dixit. In the scene, he calls Aishwarya ‘a poor man’s Madhuri Dixit.’ To which, Kunal Nayyar aka Raj Koothrapalli responds saying, ‘Aishwarya Rai is a goddess, by comparison, Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute.’
Referring to the scene, Mithun said in a press release, “It is important to hold companies like Netflix accountable for their actions and to ensure that they are sensitive to the cultural values and sentiments of the communities they serve. I strongly believe that streaming service providers have a responsibility to carefully curate the content that they offer on their platforms. It is their duty to ensure that the material they present does not include derogatory, offensive, or defamatory content. I was deeply troubled by the use of a derogatory term in one of the shows on Netflix – Big Bang Theory. This term was used in reference to the acclaimed actress Madhuri Dixit, and it was not only offensive and deeply hurtful but also showed a lack of regard for her dignity.”
He further added, “I strongly believe that streaming service providers must take such issues seriously and act quickly to address any instances of offensive or defamatory content. Furthermore, streaming service providers should be proactive in preventing such content from being streamed. This can be achieved through clear guidelines and rigorous screening processes for all the content published. Ultimately, streaming services have a significant influence over the content that is consumed by millions of individuals, and with this influence comes a responsibility to ensure that the content they offer is respectful, inclusive, and free from harmful stereotypes. I hope that this incident will serve as a wake-up call to all streaming services providers to work towards creating a more equitable and respectful media landscape.”