Season 2 of Netflix’s popular show Big Bang Theory has been released, and it has instantly become the talk of the town. But unfortunately, the series has landed in legal trouble after disappointing some fans in India. Netflix is trending across social media as fans are calling it off for a derogatory remark about Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit. In a scene in Big Bang Theory, season 2, Madhuri Dixit is described as a ‘leprous prostitute’.
In the problematic scene, Jim Parsons aka Sheldon Cooper compares Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Madhuri Dixit. He calls Aishwarya ‘a poor man’s Madhuri Dixit.’ And in response to this, Kunal Nayyar aka Raj Koothrapalli replies by saying, ‘Aishwarya Rai is a goddess, by comparison, Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute.’ The comment has surely not landed well with the fans of Madhuri Dixit who are expressing outrage against the same.
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And now the political analyst, Mithun Vijay Kumar has sued Netflix for the derogatory comment on Madhuri Dixit. In the press release, Mithun said, “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.”
Mithun also 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.”
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Netflix is yet to release an official statement addressing the legal notice & fans’ outrage and disappointment.