This week India managed to set a new low in terms of how they view women, leave aside treat. First emerged that asinine video where a female reporter in the guise of standing up for women went around asking ” would you marry a raped girl?’ then I saw this…
The idiot photographer Raj Shetye who came up with genius idea of taking an incident of such tragic proportions which sparked a nationwide outrage and legislative reform defended it with the choice words
“This is in no way meant to glamorize the act, which was very bad,” Shetye “It’s just a way of throwing light on it.”
And to my utter bewilderment he went on to say this was conceptualized BEFORE the rape as if the girl who got raped plagiarized his concept.
“It’s unfortunate that I am compelled to justify my artistic expression around a social issue,” he told The Independent, then went on to say he was glad he had sparked debate on the issue.
“If the cost to set the ball-rolling here is that I have [to] be the bad guy, then [so be it].”
The columnist Jing Zhang of South China Morning Post stated “I’m really not sure if Shetye is suffering from stupidity or ignorance to think that his “contribution” to the issue of rape or general sexism and violence against women in India is constructive in anyone’s world.” and i completely agree with her. I would have gone on to add this guy is a fucking ass.
This photo-shoot reminded me of a spread Vogue India did in 2008 which caused outrage because they used people from rural walks of life to model high end luxury items which costs thousands of dollars. Although visually it was an interesting concept, blending luxury with real life and a direct reference to the influences of fashion, to use a child who is living in abject poverty to model a Fendi bib that could feed his family for a year was truly tragic and in deplorable taste.
Kanika Gahlaut, a columnist for the Mail Today denounced it as an “example of vulgarity.”
There comes a point when when morality and basic humanity and conscience should override whatever artistic visions you come up with. There are many artists very eloquently and poignantly speak about social issues through their work and are strong activists. But there is a line that must never be crossed.
I am outraged and deeply troubled because India is an important neighbor and a big player in South Asia. These recent acts in the name of standing for against violence against women and their rights only goes to show that they really do not understand the real issue. Despite all this progress it seems when it comes to women they haven’t moved much at all.