Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya appeared on Karan Johar's celebrity chat show Koffee With Karan along with K L Rahul. His disturbing views on women and 'black culture' showed his problematic and racist side.
Karan Johar's Koffee With Karan usually has Bollywood celebrities sitting on the couch, sipping on coffee and churning out hot gossips.
However, on the episode that aired on Sunday (January 6, 2019), KJo made a change in his format and invited two top Indian cricketers - Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul. Hardik and Rahul have made their spot in the Indian cricket team and many young men and women look up to. So, it is quite obvious people expected the episode to be fun and their favourite cricketers talk about something big and impactful.
But the episode featuring these cricketers turned out to be a HUGE disappointment. Hardik Pandya's opinion and approach towards women was like that of a typical misogynist and sexist person.
The way he talked about treating girls he dated, not asking them their names, stalking them on Instagram and telling his family to which women he has "done" with was very problematic. I cringed and got mad at his statement when he said he doesn't ask women their names in clubs because he likes to watch and observe how they move.
By mentioning how he adapts his style from the 'Black side', he showed that his views are not just on the misogynist side but extremely racist.
Hardik Pandya surely must have adapted to the changing cultures thanks to MTV or Channel V post he rose to fame but him crediting the 'Black side' - for those unaware he meant African Americans- only goes to show his lack of vocabulary and also his ignorance about cultures.
Karan Johar and K L Rahul laughing off at his 'funny and cool' attitude towards women, which was full of objectifying them, treating them as sexual objects were disheartening.
In the time where women are fighting for equal rights, safety and to make the Me Too movement strong, it is upsetting how men in power are openly talking about mistreating women. You might not agree to these points, but Hardik Pandya's attitude and behaviour towards women is problematic!
In a country like India where cricket is the second religion, it is all the more disturbing to see Hardik Pandya's attitude towards women.
Considering his public stature and the wider reach he has worldwide (especially the youth), Pandya is clearly not setting the ideal example. By talking about women like they are mere objects for his desire and normalising stalking, he has set the wrong tone and we deserve better idols.