Freedom Of Speech
Freedom Of Speech2 mins 378 2 mins 378
‘Freedom is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.’ -GEORGE ORWELL, English novelist
In 2017, controversy took centre stage at the pre-release event of the Telugu film “Rarandoi Veduka Chudham”. Anchor Ashwini asked Chalapathi Rao to express his thoughts on Naga Chaitanya’s dialogue “Women are harmful to mental peace”. Chalapathi Rao said women are not harmful but useful in bed.
The media made a fuss about Chalapathi Rao’s response. Everyone criticised him for making derogatory remarks against women. But nobody had any objection to the question the anchor asked. How are women harmful to mental peace? Isn’t the question disrespectful towards women?
A wrong question can never have a right answer. When people took Naga Chaitanya’s remarks playfully, why couldn’t they take Chalapathi Rao’s comments similarly? Is it just because Naga Chaitanya is a leading actor and Chalapathi Rao, a supporting actor? When you don’t have the maturity to digest the other person’s answers, you shouldn’t ask them any questions. They need not give answers that please you.
People have different views on any given problem. Everyone has the freedom to express their attitude towards a variety of issues. If you disagree with others’ viewpoint, you have every right to express your own opinion. But I don’t think creating an uproar and demanding an apology are civilised forms of protest.