Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul who were recently on the latest episode of Koffee With Karan, a celebrity chat-show, have brought on the anger of the entire country on them.
Pandya and Rahul both Indian cricketers, were the first sportsmen hosted on the show, and while cricket fans were eagerly waiting for it, the episode came under fire for Pandya’s sexist and misogynistic statements.
Some of what Pandya said included how he had bragged to his parents about losing his virginity. He said that, “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’.”
And then he revealed how his parents were so cool and that, “At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’.”
When Karan Johar asked them what happens if they like the same girl, Rahul gave the simple answer of “Ya upto the woman,” but Pandya intervened and said that “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jiso mila woh leke jao.”
Besides that his brashness and sexism could be seen in instances where he talked about using a pun on his name with ‘hard dick always’ as pick-up lines, using the same messages with females to the point where they asked his friend Rahul to tell Pandya to at least change his messages.
After the social media bashing began, several online media houses also talked about his statements and how they were extremely concerning.
What Was The Bashing That Hardik Pandya Got?
As soon as the episode aired, social media was buzzing with what Pandya specifically said with some showing their discomfort while others called him out on his remarks.
So, Hardik Pandya & KL Rahul are on KWK tonight. And friend messages me this.👇Ab kahan se shuru kare, kya-kya bataye… 😕🙄 pic.twitter.com/ds9JMQlHHU
— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) January 6, 2019
A thread on all the creepy, misogynist, racist, and problematic things Hardik Pandya said on Koffee With Karan:
1) KJo: Why don't you ask women's names at nightclubs?
HP: I like to watch and observe how they move. I'm little from the Black side so I need to see how they move.
— Sreeparna Mazumder (@Sreeep) January 6, 2019
I'm not one to judge, but Hardik Pandya is an unmitigated disaster on Koffee with Karan. Has done way too little to warrant the "I have arrived" air.
If these are the examples for youngsters looking to make it in cricket, we've fallen a long way.
— Anand M S (@yemmay) January 6, 2019
This is so classic! All guys are offended that Hardik Pandya chose Virat over Sachin and not by his absolutely disgusting, classless, misogynist behaviour. #KoffeeWithKaran
— Pradnya (@topradnya) January 6, 2019
It might have been fun initially to watch two young sportsmen letting their guards down, but the obnoxious and misogynist attitude of Hardik Pandya just was too much to take in. At one time, cricket was called a gentleman's sport. Where has all the class gone? #KoffeeWithKaran
— Medha Chatterjee (@moldyshorts16) January 6, 2019
— Damini Gulati (@Damini_Gulati) January 7, 2019
Someone please tell Hardik Pandya that what he thinks is a 'cool-idgaf-badboy' image comes out as nothing but creepy and gross.
— n. (@FeistyFangirlx) January 6, 2019
— Bhavik Kapadia (@BhavikK11) January 6, 2019
— Kanika Avasthi (@AvasthiKanika) January 6, 2019
I know #HardikPandya is star and all but @BCCI should teach him how to show some respect for women. You can't say on National television that " Waah Aaj tu karke aaya hai " (Sex) there are lot of people who thinks you as their inspiration.Treating women like another MOM trophy.
— harshit Singh (@harshits009) January 6, 2019
Yikes! Today's #KoffeeWithKaran was extremely cringe worthy. Along with developing batting skills & team spirit, someone needs to teach these boys, especially Hardik Pandya, how to interact with women. Women aren't another record or trophy that you try to achieve, Hardik! 🤢
— Rish (@desi_mulgi) January 6, 2019
Watching #KoffeeWithKaran @karanjohar As usual Karan is super fun.But from the way #HardikPandya is talking,it seems that women,by the dozens,are only objects of desire.Swag is good,but does this kinda swag befit a man who plays for the NationalTeam #Distasteful @BCCI @imVkohli
— Gitikka Ganju Dhar (@geetikaganju) January 6, 2019
Last night's koffee with karan episode with Hardik Pandya and KL was the only episode where I cringed so much instead of being entertained. Hardik Pandya is truly an epic example of how money and fame can't necessarily bring u class and he also proved how important education is!
— Saba (@SabrLuv) January 7, 2019
Media Gave Their Opinion Too
This prompted online bloggers of various known media houses to wake up and actually opinionate on this topic.
Firstpost talked about how the ‘boys will be boys’ mentality can be dangerous:
Arre’ did a piece where they observed the increasing vulgarity within cricket and how it was moving away from being a ‘Gentleman’s game’:
Pinkvilla also called out Pandya on his statements:
But there were also some leading youth influencers who first portrayed the whole episode in a positive way but later changed their stance on the topic, quite hypocritically.
Buzzfeed, first published their standard top moments from something article with this heading.
They later changed it to the more appropriate title, replacing ‘hilarious’ with ‘notable’.
It is interesting how after 2 days when they saw that there was an uproar, they conveniently changed their stance and wrote the piece in a way that is more appropriate with how the social media was feeling.
BCCI after seeing the uproar on social media and understanding that it could have a negative impact on the cricket team and the organisation as a whole, probably decided to take action against Pandya.
The Board issued a showcause notice to both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, with Vinod Rai, the Chairman of the Committee of Administrators (COA) being quoted by PTI stating, “We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation.”
Apparently, the Board might decide to prohibit cricketers from appearing on shows that have no relation to cricket. PTI also reported a BCCI source saying that, “It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket.”
After he got the notice, Pandya posted an apology on his Twitter:
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019
But it seems this was not enough with some people pointing out how conveniently he laid all the blame on the format of the show instead of apologising for his own comments.
Even after he apologised, BCCI has not accepted it completely with the Board sitting down to view the episode in its entirety today and thereafter deciding on what punishment will be given to the accused.
Hindustan Times quoted a senior BCCI official saying that, “This attempt at an apology does in no way bring the issue to closure. This merely shows how lightly he takes the gravely serious issue of respecting women. His conduct was unacceptable. He needs to understand the impact the utterances of an international cricketer have in this country but more importantly, he needs to learn how to differentiate between the right and the wrong. Right now he seems to merely respond to the outrage and not to his own thought process and conduct.”
Pandya has always been celebrated for his excellent skills on the cricket field, and people literally worship him in some cases. But this just went to show how nobody is exempt from the consequences of their actions.
Celebrity, beloved cricketer, politician, it does not matter who is who, on social media, everyone is held at an equal footing. And if a public personality is saying something that can encourage the wrong behaviour, then no matter how many millions of fans they have, they will be called out to rectify their behaviour.
We applaud those who called out Hardik Pandya’s bullshit and forced him to get off his high horse to understand the importance of social behaviour.
Being an as****e is not cool, Mr. Pandya!
Image Credits: Google Images
Find the blogger at: @chirali_08