Days after a senior woman journalist came under vicious attack from the self-proclaimed fans of Ilayathalapathy Vijay, the actor issued a statement condemning the incident and requested his fans not to share “hurtful and wrong views” about women on social media.
“I respect women a lot. Everyone has the freedom to criticize anyone’s film. In my opinion, one should not make demeaning comments against a woman for any reason. Everyone has to praise womanhood,” Vijay said in the statement. “I request that nobody should share hurtful comments and wrong views about women on social media,” he added.
Vijay was criticized by the media for keeping quiet even as Dhanya Rajendran, an online journalist, was trolled, verbally abused and even allegedly received rape threats from the so-called fans for posting a tweet mocking Vijay’s film Sura that released seven years ago.