“I can’t breathe.’’

These were the last few words of George Floyd, a black man in America who was murdered in police brutality and now the entire world is mourning his death.

While America is facing civil unrest across the nation, people of colour have started to raise their voices in European countries too.


21st Century is an era of postmodernism but people across the globe are still filled with filthy racism. Therefore, it is important to raise voice against such prejudices. 

Bollywood stars too along with the rest of the world have spoken up against the injustice i.e. the cruel murder of George Floyd.

While Priyanka Chopra posted “I can’t breathe” on her Instagram handle, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Disha Patani talked about how we should value all the lives equally! This is a perfect gesture to stand up for the right cause! 

Who Will Talk About Prejudiced India?

But in a country like India, prejudices come in different forms and colour is just one of them. People in India face discrimination in terms of caste, race, religion and social status.

Here South Indians get thoroughly called out for their colour and people from North East are bullied by the names like Ch*n*ki or Corona.

India is a country where we hear about incidents where COVID positive Brahmins destroyed the food in quarantine centre as they were cooked and served by the Dalits. India is a country which has witnessed unrest in the name of religion and mob lynching.

But very interestingly, Bollywood hardly ever opened up regarding such issues. Some rare artists like Javed Akhtar, Swara Bhaskar, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadwaj and others might have spoken but they have received only wrath from certain political party supporters.

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Fairness And Bollywood Stars

Forget about standing up against such cruel prejudices, Indian actresses even endorse fairness creams.

Actresses like Yami Gautam, Disha Patani, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone were seen in fairness cream advertisements earlier which talk about how being dark is not good so one needs to be fair just to feel or look beautiful. 

Priyanka Chopra who is well settled in Hollywood now talks about racism in the USA. In her interviews, she often discussed how she used to get humiliated for her brown skin tone.

But in India, she somehow ended up endorsing a fairness moisturiser for a renowned brand. These actions of hers are contradictory and as celebrities and public figures, they are expected to do better in terms of maintaining their own images. 

The murder of George Floyd shook USA and celebrities like Taylor Swift, Beyonce, J K Rowling, Selena Gomez are showing their solidarity towards the community of colour and challenging the established American government.

But in India, high profile celebrities hardly open their mouths against ill practises like mob lynching, casteism and violence in the name of religion. Those who do take a stand against such acts, attract FIRs, cases, boycotts, violence against them. 

Isn’t it quite unfair?

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