- On Twitter, Siddharth posted a long apology letter to Saina Nehwal.
- Siddharth was criticized for his recent Tweet against Saina Nehwal.
- Siddharth had responded to Saina Nehwal’s tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach.
A day after sparking outrage with his distasteful tweet on celebrated badminton player Saina Nehwal, actor Siddharth has apologised for his sexist tweet on Tuesday. Using the same social platform he issued apology, actor Siddharth posted an open letter in which he commented on what had happened on the internet in the aftermath of the controversy.
Siddharth faced wrath after tweeting against the Indian badminton player. Parupalli Kashyap, Nehwal’s husband and a badminton player, had recently criticized actor Siddharth for making a disrespectful tweet about his wife. Siddharth made a distasteful remark about badminton star Saina after the ace shuttler tweeted about a violation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security in Punjab.
“Dear Saina, I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that I wrote as a response to a tweet of yours, a few days ago. I may disagree with you on many things but even my disappointment or anger when I read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and words. I know I have more grace in me than that,” Siddharth wrote in his open letter.
Calling himself a feminist ally, Siddharth stated that he had no intention of hurting Saina or initiating a personal attack on the badminton star in response to her post regarding the Indian Prime Minister.
The actor ended his message by stating that Saina would always be his “champion.”
The sexist undertones of the post sparked outrage on social media, with many accusing the actor of using misogyny to attack the badminton player for her opinions.
Siddharth later stated that his tweet was a reference to “cock and bull,” and that reading otherwise is “unfair,” adding that “nothing malicious was intended.”
The statement did not put the situation to rest, and the actor garnered even more criticism on social media. Both tweets have since been removed.
In a statement, the Olympic bronze medalist also responded to Siddharth’s unpleasant comment.
“Yeah, I’m not sure what he meant. I used to like him as an actor but this was not nice. He can express himself with better words but I guess it’s Twitter and you remain noticed with such words and comments,” Saina stated. While Saina said that she used to like Siddharth as an actor, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has requested that the actor’s account be blocked ‘immediately’ by Twitter India. The NCW also requested that a First Information Report (FIR) be filed against actor Siddharth with the Maharashtra police.