Not So Dear Siddharth, If You Have Nothing Nice To Say, Please Shut Up!

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Trust me when I say I’ve run out of patience in stopping myself from calling this liberal, self-proclaimed feminist actor out umpteen times in the past. 

Last year when he posted a cryptic tweet, “Cheaters never prosper,” most people could put two and two together and figure out it was hinted at his ex-girlfriend Samantha Ruth Prabhu after her divorce with actor Naga Chaitanya.

If you dig into their history, you’d know that Samantha left this guy in the lurch because of his over-possessive ways. He probably termed it as ditching him for greener pastures even though there were alleged rumours of him cheating on her during their relationship.

But why not even if she did leave him for greener pastures!

What’s wrong with a woman being ambitious and setting higher standards for herself, even in relationships?

It’s absolutely none of anyone’s business how many romantic relationships a woman has or leaves behind, including marriages.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya’s divorce was amicable. There’s no known news or evidence of cheating during their relationship.

Besides, there’s nothing illegal that Samatha Ruth Prabu has done by filing for divorce that Siddharth has to sit on his throne, play God and judge her for her actions.

I know he gave his usual clever a$# reply that he only talks about his life and not others, and neatly escaped the scene. 

In another incident last year, when the actor was called the ‘Swara Bhasker of the South,’ he replied,

“Just to clarify…I would happily be Swara from anywhere or anytime. She’s awesome and a cutie.”

While this might seem flattering at the outset, I found his choice of words problematic.

Cutie? Really?

Is that all you reduce a person’s qualities to – Cutie? What’s even that?

Swara Bhaskar replied with an equally flirty reply calling him a “Hottie.” Ahem! Anyway, as long as they are both cool with it.

So the point that I’m trying to drive is that in reference to the Sidharth – Saina Nehwal tweet, Siddharth’s cocky comments didn’t come as a shock to me.

In fact, I found it cheeky that he thought he could get away with it as usual. And boy, did he try hard with his “not-an-apology” apology!

Why do men think it’s okay to publicly insult a woman in the cheapest and most vulgar way possible, especially if they thinks she ‘deserves’ it?

Sidharth’s distasteful tweet to Saina Nehwal is the liberal equivalent of PM Modi’s creepy catcall “Didi O Didi!” during the 2021 West Bengal elections which he deservedly lost royally. Ironically coming from a liberal, self-proclaimed feminist, Sidharth’s tweet was way crasser!

To justify his statement, “Subtle cock champion of the world,”

First, he tried teaching us , the general Indian public, also the second-largest English-speaking country in the world, English and the idiom “cock and bull.”

Next, how is Sidharth’s deliberate choice of words – “Subtle cock champion of the world” not disrespectful and maliciously intentioned whichever way you look at it. This guy seriously thinks of people as dumb clucks who can be easily manipulated.

It’s a free democratic country, dude! Everyone has the right to support any political party or leader. But it doesn’t give you the right to throw dirt on a woman’s achievements because you think she deserves it. You can still make valid, powerful criticism without resorting to slut-shaming slurs to prove your point.

Interestingly, I’ve never seen Tamil actor Sidharth pick on any man other than PM Modi, which is what gives him the coveted “liberal hero” tag that he wears with great elan and pride.

In fact, the truth is just the reverse. The way he champions and protects his elite boy club makes him the undisputed cock champion of the world.

Okay, he did pick on one man before Modi. He referred to Naga Chaitanya as a “street dog” and Samantha Ruth Prabhu as “Nagoor Biryani” (Eeeks!) at the time of the news of their dating.

It’s almost like the character of Arya Iyer from the Netflix show “Decoupled” was based on Siddharth, if not the writer, Manu Joseph himself.

On that conclusory note, I’d like to laud Samantha Ruth Prabhu for decoupling herself from such delusional men.

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Tina Sequeira
Tina Sequeira is a marketer and moonlighting writer. She is passionate about tech, creativity, and social justice—dabbling in and writing about the same.

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