And the people sitting on stage behind him were laughing along.
In a terrible display of insensitivity, actor-politician Radha Ravi mocked children with disabilities in a public speech during DMK leader MK Stalin’s birthday celebrations on March 1. In a video doing the rounds on social media, Ravi can be seen equalling his political rivals to disabled children. Radha Ravi played out an ugly metaphor onstage, and the people listening to this crass speech were laughing. Egmore MLA Ravichandran was also present at the event.
In the video, the actor-politician who re-joined DMK last week can be seen making exxagerated facial expressions to accompany his mockery of children with disabilities.
“Premature babies – the ones who are born in 6 months instead of 10 months – their hands and legs get pulled, and their mouth keeps dripping saliva” he said, making crass expressions as he spoke. He then went on to mock such children for wanting to play with other kids, making fun of them at every step.
The ‘moral’ of his story was that Vaiko and Ramadoss – leaders of MDMK and PMK – were like disabled children who want to play with ‘normal’ kids.
Disability groups protested in Chennai against the insensitive speech, and raised slogans demanding Radha Ravi’s arrest. They held posters asking for him to apologise for his low remarks.
This is not the first time that Radha Ravi has made crass and insensitive remarks. In an interview last year, he made misogynist and homophobic comments. “An artiste asked a woman – Radha Ravi called you to his office, didn’t he? He said he’s calling you for a movie and called you home didn’t he?” he said, adding, “There is nothing wrong with Radha Ravi calling women to his office. There’s nothing wrong if a man calls women to his office. There is something wrong if a man calls men to his office.”
Source: The News Minute