Shilpa Shetty faces racism yet again, says “WE Are NOT #pushovers”

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The West hasn’t been that easy to our Bollywood celebs when it comes to racism. From Shah Rukh KhanPriyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor to Ranveer Singh, many B-town celebs have faced their share of racism. Well, Shilpa Shetty has faced it yet again and this time in Australia.

Actor turned reality TV judge Shilpa Shetty Kundra represented India by participating in the fourth season of UK based television reality show ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. In the show, the ‘Life In A Metro’ actress became the victim of a racial slur that was meted out to her by her fellow contestant Jade Goody. Later on, Goody apologised for her comments after she was evicted from the show.

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In her recent Instagram post, Shilpa shared her horrible experience of racism at the Sydney airport.  It so happened when one of the employees of the Qantas Airways asked Shetty to get her luggage bag checked into the overweight luggage counter though her duffle bag was not overweight.

The excerpts from the post read, “Subject: #Quantas airways @qantas This should get your attention!” garnered lots of attention on Sunday for her candid comments and nuanced observations about racism and “brown people”.

”WE” are NOT #pushovers and they MUST know that being #callous and #Rude will NOT BE TOLERATED 🙏✋🏼💔. Ps: Please tell me if that bag in the picture is oversized??!! ” added the actress.

Here’s the full post.

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Subject: #Qantas airways @qantas This should get your attention! Travelling from Sydney to Melbourne and at the check in counter met a grumpy #Mel ( that’s her name)who decided it was “OK” to speak curtly to “US” ( Brown people!!) travelling together ,I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance)and she insisted and decided my half empty Duffel bag was oversized( to check in!!) So she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with “Oversized luggage” ..there a Polite lady(yes this one was) said ..”this ISN’T an oversized bag, pls check this in manually if u can at another counter” ( all this happening while the counter is going to shut in 5 mins) As the manual check in wasn’t going thru for 5 mins( we tried) I went upto #Mel and requested her to put the bag thru as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag.. She refused again.. Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience .. We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that #Rude #Mel had issues !!!…. to which another colleague joined in an reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in. The point is .. This piece is only for #quantas airlines to know and take cognisance .. that their staff must be taught to be helpful and TONE can’t change with preference to #COLOUR .”WE” are NOT #pushovers and they MUST know that being #callous and #Rude will NOT BE TOLERATED 🙏✋🏼💔. Ps: Please tell me if that bag in the picture is oversized??!! @australia @visitmelbourne @travel #truthmustbetold #bemused #uncalledfor #standup #equality #whatswrongisnotright #instapic #travelwoes #shocking #nightmare #notcool

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