Karan Johar on #MeToo: It is ‘lame and masculine’ to ask women for proof
Filmmaker Karan Johar believes that the stories which came out in the wake of #MeToo movement in India were heartbreaking. And he also said that it is ‘lame and stupid’ for people to say ‘there’s no proof’ to support the claims of these women who have shared their stories.
On Sunday, at ‘We The Women’ conclave Karan Johar, discussing the topic of masculinity, the filmmaker criticised the mentality of questioning the victim instead of the culprit. The filmmaker said, “When I read so many of those narratives and stories, they broke my heart. It made me realize we cannot be complicit to this and you have to wake up, smell the coffee and be active about it”.
The ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ director also extended his support for every women who has come out to share her ordeal. “Every woman, who has a voice, has to be respected, applauded for coming out there and it is essential to believe every given voice. You cannot say there’s no proof. That is a lame, masculine, stupid thing to say. When a woman comes out, she expresses her heart out, she is right and you believe her.”
Talking about the measures the industry has taken to make the work environment better, Karan said, “Internally, we have always had our system in place. We have all the commissions in place. But they have been re-energised and re-activated now. There’s a huge sense of accountability that has set in not only in my company but also us in general.”