Netflix gets legal notice from political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar for making derogatory remarks against Indian star, Madhuri Dixit.
It’s strange because the show was aired a long time ago and Vijay Kumar filed a lawsuit now.
It all began when the analyst called out the OTT giant over one of the episodes of the aforementioned series for making sexist comments.
Kumar highly demanded to remove the show from the streaming platform and called it offensive as well as defamatory.
Not only that he also accused the content of promoting sexism and misogyny.
Netflix Gets Legal Notice
In the first episode of the second season, Sheldon Cooper went on to compare former Miss World and celebrated Indian actor Aishwarya Rai with Dixit.
In the said scene,
he called Rai ‘a poor man’s Madhuri Dixit.’ In response, the character Raj Koothrapalli (Kunal Nayyar) quips, “Aishwarya Rai is a goddess, by comparison, Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute.
Referring to the particular episode, Kumar stated to take further legal action against Netflix if they fail to respond or do not comply with the demands made in the notice.
In a statement available with the publication, the political analyst pointed out, “It is important to hold companies like Netflix accountable for their actions and to ensure that they are sensitive to the cultural values and sentiments of the communities they serve.”
Streaming Service Providers Have the Responsibility
Kumar further stated, “I strongly believe that streaming service providers have a responsibility to carefully curate the content that they offer on their platforms.
They must ensure that the material they present does not include derogatory, offensive, or defamatory content.
I was deeply troubled by the use of a derogatory term in one of the shows on Netflix – Big Bang Theory. This term was used about the acclaimed actress Madhuri Dixit, and it was not only offensive and deeply hurtful but also showed a lack of regard for her dignity.”
Kumar went on to add in his legal notice, “I strongly believe that streaming service providers must take such issues seriously and act quickly to address any instances of offensive or defamatory content.
Furthermore, streaming service providers should be proactive in preventing such content from being streamed.
This can be achieved through clear guidelines and rigorous screening processes for all the content published.”
The Court’s notice also highlighted the same agenda. “Ultimately, streaming services have a significant influence over the content that is consumed by millions of individuals.
With this influence comes to the responsibility to ensure that the content they offer is respectful, and free from harmful stereotypes.
I hope that this incident will serve as a wake-up call to all streaming services providers to work towards creating a more equitable and respectful media landscape.”
Netflix hasn’t released any statement or take action against the legal notice issued to them.
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