Chennai: Actress Nayanthara has thanked DMK president M K Stalin for temporarily suspending veteran actor Radha Ravi from the party for slut-shaming her on stage at the audio launch of her film Kolaiyuthir Kalam recently.
In a press release, she said, “I want to remind Radha Ravi and the likes of misogynists that they were also given birth by a woman. By demeaning the status of women and passing demeaning comments, these retarded men get a feeling of machoism.'”
After the DMK suspended him for his speech, Radha Ravi today expressed regret over his comments. “If there is any harm to the party because of me, I myself will opt out of the DMK. My words were misunderstood. I express my regret for them,” he said.
As an actor of considerable seniority, Radha Ravi should have set an example for being a role model, rather, he chose to be a misogynistic role model, said Nayanthara, and added, “When actors like Radha Ravi fall out of business and become irrelevant, they rely on cheap popularity tactics in order to grab some limelight.”
“I would like to strongly register my complaint and condemnation against derogatory speeches made by Radha Ravi against women in general,” she said.
She also questioned Nadigar Sangam whether an internal complaints committee – according to the Supreme Court’s directive – would hold an enquiry as per the Vishaka Guidelines.