New Delhi: Following the backlash on the video showing ‘Neerja’ fame Jim Sarbh craking a rape joke at what appears to be an after-party at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the actor has come forward and said that his comments have been taken out of context. He claims that the video was the part of dark satire play and it was just an enactment of that.
In the video that surfaced on Thursday, the actor is heard saying, “ I’d rather be raped by 12 prostitutes than touch alcohol and the Punjabi says ‘Me too, I didn’t know that was an option.” The ‘Queen’ actress Kangana Ranaut is also facing the heat in this issue as her guffaw after Sarbh’s enactment was also documented in the video.
The video is reportedly from an after-party at Cannes; both Jim and Kangana represented a liquor brand at the prestigious film festival.
Later while talking to a news agency, Sarbh said, “It is unfortunate that my comments were taken out of context. I do not now nor have I ever condoned any form of sexual violence. This (video) has been picked out of context without a prelude where I am actually enacting parts of a play which is a dark satire.”
“”The piece I was seen delivering in the video is about a priest blowing a very casual question completely out of proportion, condemning alcohol, prostitutes and rape all simultaneously. I personally do not find it to be about a desire to rape, or to inflict sexual violence upon another, but a subversive and comedic response to an extremely volatile sentence,” he added.
He also clarified his stance by saying, “I treat it as such. I did not intend to hurt anybody, and I certainly do not consider actual sexual or physical violence funny.”
However, Kangana has not commented on the issue.
Meanwhile, social media has expressed its displeasure after the video went viral. Here are some of the sharp reactions on this video.